Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Simplicity is a Choice.

I love this quote by Ann Voskamp: Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.

As we are coming down from the high of Valentine's Day parties, eating too many cookies and reading tiny cards that declare silly things like UR Fab! (Barbie) or It's Your Destiny to have a Great Valentine's Day! (Darth Vadar), today we are staying inside to stare at the rain in our comfy clothes. We're going to make crockpot potato soup and paint.

I've been reminded again to be thankful for the thousands of simple blessings in my life: new words spoken clearly, growth spurts, crazy post-nap bed head, amazing friends, a thoughtful husband, an upcoming 3-day weekend. And simplicity truly is choice; I'm learning to eliminate the unnecessary. Can I streamline my daily chores, errands, and outings to make the most of my time--these precious winter days spent at home?  Are you writing down your daily blessings?  What have you done to encourage simplification in your life lately?
And as much as I despise the game Break the Ice, I'd probably set it up all day to see this big smile.
Teach us delight in the simple things,
and mirth that has no bitter springs;
forgiveness free of evil done,
and love to all men beneath the sun.
— Rudyard Kipling

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