Someone said to me recently “is anything simple anymore?”
I get where this person is coming from, but I will go down fighting for simplicity to be found – appreciated – and passed on.
We often look at our driveway and think that perhaps we should resurface it, get rid of the dips and cracks, and make it smooth – make it perfect.
But everyday in the summer, the dip that exists near the garage becomes a public bird bath, as my husband fills it several times a day to keep our bathers happy. As many as seven sparrows at a time splashed today alone. Doves, cardinals, and robins all enjoy.
The ol’ waterhole my husband calls it.
It’s what I consider a simple pleasure, for us and for our feathered friends.
We usually find simplicity when we slow down, when we do less. We want to invite our neighbors over – or the new family we just met at the park, but who has the time, expense and energy and so we let it go.
Do less instead – choose simplicity. Invite them over for watermelon or popsicles after dinner – the sprinkler in the backyard on for the children, some chalk for the driveway. Done – fun for everyone; more than enough.
For simplicity to be evident in our lives we have to pause, let be, look around, sit out on the steps while your children play, take a walk together – the same walk you took last evening and the evening before. Simplicity is often the repetitive unconditional enjoyments that occur when we least expect them, but that sneak into our sense of place, of belonging and of harmony.
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Together we’ll keep simplicity alive.