Why are you so in love with simplicity? What’s the deal?” Questions asked by an acquaintance of mine. I’m a thinker and very analytical so naturally, I thought deeply about these questions. I didn’t give much of an answer at the time but after sitting with it for a bit this is my answer and thoughts to such questions:
Simplicity has played an essential role, in addition to God and therapy, in my healing in regards to chronic stress, overwhelm and anxiety. I am thankful for the life that has developed from choosing to live simply. I have gained freedom and relief in many aspects of my life. As well as more rest. It has given me the space I need to focus on things that truly matter to me. Things such as self-care, intentional time with God, family, friends, and time to do things I’m passionate about. It has taught me to let go, be intentional, and hold on to what really matters.
What Really Matters
Living simply has not been about de-cluttering and getting rid of most of my possessions. It’s been about creating space for my mental, physical and spiritual well-being. It’s been about looking within. Simplifying, cleansing and healing internally. Naturally, when looking within and doing internal work things on the outside tends to change as well. This has affected my home, my things, and the way I spend my money and time. It has caused me to ask myself some pretty hard questions. Lots and lots of them. One being, “what really matters to you in this life?” The answer has consistently been my health and relationships. My health and my relationships concerning God, my family, my friends, and people within my community are what really matter. The next question has been, “what can I do to cultivate these things that really matter to me?” The answer to that question has consistency been…live intentionally. Living intentionally has spilled over to living simply and it has helped me stay true to myself and my beliefs.
What Doesn’t Matter
What other people think! Living a life aimed at pleasing and/or impressing others. Trying to keep up with the Jones’s. Hoarding things that no longer serve me, my family or others close to me. Living in such a manner creates stress, anxiety, overwhelm and an access of things not needed.
Simply put, I love simplicity because of the great love she has shown me. She has aided in my healing, helped me love God, myself and others more deeply, appreciate what I have, and make better use of my resources and time. She’s my BFF and ain’t nothing or nobody coming between us!
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Shalieah, AKA Super Simple Shalieah