I’ve been drawn to the simple life as long as I can remember.
“In the popular mind, the phrase simple living has often been associated with self-denial… In reality the phrase can just as easily be associated not with what is lost, but with what is gained.” Frank Levering.
It’s not what I had to lose that got me here, it’s what I hoped I’d gain.
- No yard work means I’m picking the wildflowers and weeds from beside the road and in fields.
- No basement, attic or garage means I’m free to make organization under the RV into art form.
- No critical or nosy neighbors means I can be pleasant to everyone at the gate because they are transients like me and we’re not placing expectations on each other.
- No walls to paint or wallpaper to strip means I can focus on the symbolic and treasured art I’ve chosen to hang in the RV.
- No evenings planning ‘fix-it’ lists because I can fix things quickly or I call someone to help us.
- No snow to scoop or leaves to rake means I have joy in taking pictures of the seasonal changes.
- No bushes to trim or gardens to weed means I have fun collecting bits of nature and putting them outside on the bench or picnic table.
- No holidays to plan means that whenever I want I have time call my son and my mom and I have time to pray for them during their hectic seasons or their crises.
- No large surfaces to clear means my stuff is right where it should be and easy to find.
- No bookshelves, display cases or end tables means I can rotate all my precious things and focus on them.
- No weekends spent housecleaning because it takes 15 minutes or less to completely vacuum and pick up.
- No dust collecting for weeks in a spare room. Now it takes 5 minutes to dust the whole RV.
- No storage sheds to rent and sort out means I give my extra things to people along the way.
- Fewer chores means I have time for writing, reading and praying.
- DVR and direct TV means I never watch TV by accident anymore. I have time to listen to the birds.
- No big closets or cupboards means I know where everything goes and I have only what I need or love.
Not attending to what matters little so I can gain freedom to do what matters most.
Simplify. I could fall back into that word like a child leaning into a hammock: Swinging and gliding gently to rest.