Do you know anyone who says they are not busy? Even the retirees I know all tell me they are busy. What’s led to this sense of madness, this overwhelming sense of noise, and how do we calm it down?
Here are 9 tips for bringing some simplicity back into your life
- Purge your stuff. Go through your stuff. Eliminate. Get rid of it. Have less. Limit your clothes to only what is necessary—not excess. It’s wonderfully freeing.
- Limit media consumption. Try a media fast. No TV, radio, internet, Facebook, etc. Listen to the quiet.
- Limit your buying habits. Don’t buy anything other than necessities—food, pay bills, etc.—for the next 30 days.
- Take time to do something you really love. One of my great enjoyments is a slow walk on the nature path where I can listen to the sound of the birds in the trees, the wind in the grass—and just observe God’s creation. What do you love?
- Eat slowly. Take your time. At dinner. Take the time for a leisurely breakfast. Savor the textures.
- Read a book for an evening.
- Drive slowly. Drive the speed limit. Observe the road, other drivers, the scenery.
- Clean your desk. Get rid of all clutter.
- Make time to breathe. Feel the air going in an out. Make it deep. Fill the lungs and say a prayer of gratitude.
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Published September 20, 2016
Topics: Culture Commentary