I am completely enamored with a blog I found called "On Simplicity." It is like positive reinforcement for my desire to slow down and enjoy life. I love today's post about "What’s Playful About Simplicity? Simplicity Gives You More Time for the Things that Matter." It talks about everything from reducing clutter so you do have to spend so much time taking care of everything to reasons why fewer toys help children be more creative.
Since I signed up for the feed, it shows up in my email box like a comforting reminder that it's okay not to be on every committee, not to watch every 'hot" TV show and not to take on every problem in the world as my own. Being scheduled every moment of every day is not a life, it's insanity. It reminds me that the best things in life require less stuff and more focused time.
When the girls grow up, I hope they will remember that we hiked Starved Rock, spent time watching cousins play baseball and hockey, hung out in the backyard with friends, and invited everyone over for whatever party excuse we could invent.
Here's the basic rule she lives by "If something doesn’t make me excited to be alive, then it’s not worth doing." I think it's a rule worth remembering for myself and a rule to teach the girls.