‘Tis evening. After a baking humid almost-90 degree day, the earth cools. A breeze blows in from fair Lake Superior.
It’s a soft evening. An evening we dream about in February when thirty inches of snow interfere with walking in the woods. This is a bath water evening. An evening when the air feels like bath water. An evening when we’re warmed to the core.
(OK, some of us are too warm. Fair enough. But these precious evenings balance out those ice-cold winds from the north, don’t they? Let’s bathe in the balance…)
I thought a lot about simplicity and peace today. What it means to declare that one is going to write a blog dedicated to peace & simplicity during the month of August. (Kathy, what the HECK did you mean? And how are we going to implement that? I wish you would send a memo to the rest of us first. We should have discussed this first. Where in the world did you get this silly idea?)
Nonetheless, the idea hatched and we shall see it through.
Here are my thoughts about simplicity and peace: I don’t think they can mean only One Thing. Simplicity can mean one thing on Tuesday and something different on Wednesday. It also depends mightily on the person who is invoking this energy.
For one person, baking bread could be an act of extreme folly. It could add to a crazed schedule. It could be simply “one more thing” and not an act of presence, patience, simplicity and nourishment.
We must listen to our individual hearts to determine what we need to simplify in this day.
And that simplification and peace could be something which looks way different. Simplicity to one person could be Simple Abundance. To another person it could be smelling a flower. To another person it could be wild & crazy creativity that might look to the world to be chaotic and expansive.
Only our hearts know what simplicity is for us.
When you hear the word “simplicity” what does it mean to you? How does it translate into your life? Does it make you relax? Have you done anything recently to simplify your own lives?