I’ve been thinking deeply on what my word of the year is for 2016. While I toyed with ‘consolidate’, I settled on ‘simplify’ because for me it includes consolidating.
My Word For 2016 Is Simplify
This year I plan to reduce my online activity. For a start, I’m shelving Write Tribe for the month of January and will see how it goes. In time, I might shed Write Tribe altogether. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.
I will continue to do the #MondayMusings posts and the Write Your Heart Out posts on Everyday Gyaan. I’ve also signed off from the monthly Gratitude Circle posts. I’ll be back with the Sunday newsletter with effect from 3 January. I’m grateful to have connected with some fantastic bloggers in 2015, and I will be consolidating my connections with them, rather than attempting to read and comment on a lot of blogs. Most of all I will not be taking part in any blogging challenges this year. (I hear my husband sigh in relief!)
Our life is already rather simple and we’ve been quite good eating more home-cooked food, having dinner early and getting to bed by 10 pm. What has helped is that we now have a little puppy to wake us up, so that means both of us have to set off for an early morning and evening walk with a dog apiece! Making sure two dogs are fed, watered, walked and cleaned up after sure keeps one grounded! That in addition to housework is a way to stay simple.
I hope to focus more on my hobbies in 2016 – knitting and playing with colors – and that too naturally calls for more time offline.
We’ve already planned a holiday in April to a favourite location and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.
Most of all I want to spend more time with Me. Simply being and being simple is what 2016 is going to be about.
I came across this last week and knew I must share it with you:
all of all
love of all love, peace of all peace, depth of depth
so often, in the midst of all we do,
as we are washing dishes… sending email… going to work… and doing all the things we do
day in and day out,
we can forget that our time here on this earth is both a gift and a miracle.
do not let us forget.
because sooner than we think, a tomorrow will come
and it will be our last tomorrow and
we will have missed the miracle.
we will have emailed, and worked, and complained, and watched tv through the miracle.
we will have let the sunrises, the fresh air, the warmth of a bed, the taste of our orange juice, the first snows, and the cricket
chirping slip by as we go about doing all of our so important things.
we will have let our pain and struggles and our tasks and achievements and our accumulation of things obscure the
enchantment and richness that can be life.
love of all love, peace of peace, depth of depth –
let us find the holy in all that makes up our life.
let us slow down.
and learn to simply be.
may we find the holy in our coffee, in the spider whose lovely eight legs carry her effortlessly over her web, in the kiss goodnight, in the hot meal, fuzzy blanket, and in the chill of the dark night air.
may we be seekers and makers of the holy.
amen and blessed be.
Elizabeth’s Little Blog
Do you have a word for 2016? Do share.
PS: Laurel Regan has created ‘My Word Of The Year Linkup‘. Take a look at her post and those of other bloggers who’ve linked in.
Simplicity is a concept I’ve always been fascinated with although I didn’t understand it correctly. I thought it had to do with choosing to live a life devoid of comfort.
I’m beginning to understand that simplicity is living a life that is uncomplicated by a need to have, do and achieve more and more. Living a simple life is living a stress-free life.
I love these words and for me they define what simplicity truly is.
Just say no. To people, places, things that don’t fill your heart with joy. ~Louise Morganti Kaelin
I’m Daring To Be Simple
I’ve signed up for KindSpring’s 21 Day Simple Living Challenge. Although the challenge started on the 8th, I was travelling and couldn’t get into it. I started with the challenge today.
Here’s a sample of the kind of ideas that KindSpring suggests. I find every one of them meaningful.
Day 1: Declutter Your Home. Give Away At Least One Thing You Don’t Need
Day 2: Make Time To Unplug. Reduce Screen Time Today
Day 3: Spend Ten Minutes In Silence
Day 4: Clear Out Your Inbox / Mailbox
Day 5: Do Something That You’ve Been Putting Off
Day 6: Reflect On Three Things That Bring Meaning To Your Life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what living a simple life would entail for me and I figured out a few things already:
1. Focusing on my health. Ill health complicates life and I must do all I can to stay healthy. Better health, less tension.
2. Staying grateful. When I focus with gratitude on all that I have in my life, I can’t really yearn for more, can I? More gratitude, less greed!
3. Having an abundance mentality. Knowing that the Universe is generous and that I must be generous too. I am confident I will be taken care of and that all is well. More abundance, less stress.
4. Investing in healthy relationships. Rather than trying to be nice and popular, I will focus on people who add meaning and joy to my life. More love, less pretence. More joy, less drama.
I’m glad that I’m making these choices. I can already begin to feel a difference in my outlook in a short space of time. I will keep you updated on how the Challenge makes a difference too.
I’m daring to be simple. Are you doing the same?
They were standing at the corner of the road waiting for the school bus – a father and his five year old daughter.
Suddenly she tensed. A dog and his walker were approaching her and she was scared. She appealed to her father for protection.
Her father prodded her and moved her out of the dog’s path. She relaxed and smiled. I heard him tell her, “All you needed to do was move. Simple.”
Then, as if he realized the wisdom of his own words, he said to himself, “Keep life simple.”
I don’t think he realized the other part of what he had said: : “All you need to do is move.”
On my morning walk, I got my dose of wisdom for the day. Both parts of what he said were so relevant to me. This year, I have decided to keep things simple, but have a tendency to get overwhelmed by unnecessary things sometimes. I postpone the important for the urgent. And the urgent is linked with the first part of what that father said – I need to move. I’ve completely slacked off on my walks and writing my morning pages – both of which are important to my well-being.
When making choices, opt for the plain, the simple, the functional. Less goes wrong when you stick to life’s standard equipment. ~ Linus Mundy
Time to keep it simple and to move, don’t you think?
The end of the year is always a wonderful time of reflection for me. Although I don’t make it too obvious, my mind is churning out several ideas and plans for the year ahead.
Last year, I worked on a Vision Board. That had mixed results. I achieved some of what I had envisioned, started the process of working on other areas and completely failed in other areas.
For 2013, I’m was not led to work on a vision board. Instead, I’m choosing to: Keep It Simple.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang
Keeping It Simple
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
I am learning…that a man can live profoundly without masses of things. Richard E. Byrd
How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart. William Wordsworth
Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world. Duane Elgin
Live simply so that others may simply live. Mahatma Gandhi
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand… Henry David Thoreau
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Our life is frittered away by detail. Henry David Thoreau
I am going to apply this to my choices, my relationships and my work. As a first step, you’ll see a different looking Everyday Gyaan today. Keeping it simple, you’ll agree.
More about my plans tomorrow.
In the meanwhile, have you signed up for self-love yet?
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