A nice reminder

I read this on the Becoming Minimalist blog…I enjoyed the reminder of simplicity.
Below is a cut and paste version, for the full blog, click on this link.

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“Designing a simple life invites us to measure our lives differently. We realize as we pare down that we don’t have to keep up. We don’t have to buy, borrow, upgrade, or upsize to secure our place in the world.

5 Better Ways to Measure Your Life

1. Gratitude.
With a measure of gratitude, you gain the world. When you are grateful for what you already have, you don’t need more. Gratitude is always enough.

2. Generosity.
To measure the man, measure his heart.” Malcolm Forbes once said.
A great gift of simple living is the freedom to give. The infinite freedoms available when we design a life of less allows for infinite ways to be generous. Whether it’s with our time, money, talents, hospitality, donations, or airline miles—when the measuring stick of things ends, generosity keeps growing.

3. Contentment
Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough. And it invites an unmistakable freedom into our lives.

4. Availability
Busyness is no way to measure a life. Busy is a thief. It’s a phantom measure of worth and success and it will never get as much done as availability will. Remain available. Learn to say no, and measure your life by the things you get to say yes to.

5. Purpose
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as once saying.

If we pay too close attention to how the world measures life we will never understand the difference that our life, our one life, can make. Simplicity of home, time, and character magnifies the very things we were designed for—it points us to the significance of who we are.

We are purposed for much more than our net worth and closet size. Simplify and live well.

The Great Recession of 2008 changed us. More and more people are looking for a new way, a simple way to live. As advertisers revamp their messages toward this post-recession culture, we can redefine the measure by which we live. It helps to remember the best things in life can’t be pitched in thirty second ads.”

 

 

 

 

https://www.becomingminimalist.com/better-ways-to-measure-your-life/

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Contentment

This entry has been going around in my head for a few days now.

When I drive my 2 boys to school, the elder one sits in the front seat and flicks through the different stations on the radio. Some mornings it drives me mad, other mornings I don’t mind. On Monday as the boy flicked through I asked him to pause.  The DJ was talking about a recent UK study on contentment. (My apologies, due to the channel flicking I missed out on the exact details of the study!) It found that money and travel did not bring contentment. I was interested particularly in the travel concept as recently I had been reading how important it was to travel and feeling a little guilty that so far in their lives I had not been able to expose my children to different cultures through travel.

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It seems that with money and travel one never gets enough, there is never an end in sight.  This means that contentment does not come as there is always the desire for more and the possibility of more.

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Instead, the things that bring contentment are the little things in life. Those ‘micro-moments’.
The things that bring most contentment requires us ‘being in the moment’. It requires us being aware of those little things that make up everyday life and being thankful for them.

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As I have reflected on this I have been thinking about my responsibility as a parent to teach my children this. What a gift I would be giving them, if they, amongst this crazy world of bigger is better and new is best, I could teach them to appreciate and see the things that bring contentment.

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The radio station then asked people to call in or post on their Facebook page what brings them contentment.
I asked myself the same question – sitting in the sun reading, watching my kids play happily, looking at my kids snuggled up in bed, sitting with a cup of tea talking with my man, laughing with family and friends, sharing with family and friends….the list could go on.
I will ask my kids the same question, and maybe it is something we need to be continually revisit as we oppose the materialistic world around us that is based on needing things to be content.

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Thus, I am asking you the reader what brings you contentment? I would love to hear from you.
R x

Ponder awhile

In my part of the world it has been holidays, hence the quietness of this blog. School holidays for me are a break from the routine of being out the house early and an opportunity to spend more time with family, both my immediate family and extended family. I love it, but it can be exhausting at times!

Amongst the business of it all, this blog arrived by The Minimalist. I really enjoyed taking some time out to ponder on the thoughts and simple yet incredibly challenging words. May you too be encouraged!

10 Images to Inspire Simplicity in Your Life

Owning less.

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Happiness.

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Gratitude.

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Contentment.

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Relationships.

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Thought for the weekend

A few weeks ago I read a Christian blog that talked about comparisons and the pain of them. Click here to read.

At different times the thoughts have come back. I know that I do compare and yet there is always someone better off and worse off! I know that comparisons are painful and I know that they can eat away. So, why do we do them?

Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else’s and you’ve just picked up a stick and bashed your own soul.
(from the above mentioned blog)

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May you have a weekend with no comparisons amongst the doing.

A weekend with lots of contentment amongst the difficulties.

A weekend with time to stop and be grateful amongst the busyness.

A weekend to refresh and reflect on the good things you have been given amongst the times of giving out to others.

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Contentment

The whole idea of contentment has been on my mind for a while.  There is so much that could be said! But for now, I was encouraged to read this quote:

“If you don’t know how to be happy with what you have, you will never be happy with more.” (The purpose driven life by Rick Warren page 325)

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There’s a challenge not just for myself, but also my children! What a gift if we can help any children of today to understand contentment.

Thought for the weekend

“There is a very strong message emanating from research – people who are satisfied with their time make some time for themselves regularly”

Positive Psychology in a Nutshell, Boniwell Page 80

As the week finishes and the weekend looms, may you find a little time out for yourself, may it even become a regular carving of space in your weekend.   A little time to reflect and time to be content with the small things in life.

 

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