This weeks five-minute Friday word is simplify.
To simplify: less is more.
Once I worked in a crisis nursery and this was the playroom motto, to have less play choices actually caused the children to enjoy the ones they had more. It made it easier for clean up as well because there was enough space to put everything away in an orderly fashion where they were more accessible.
Since coming back from China I have a small space that is mine, but I have many boxes that I had left at my brothers of my “stuff”. I am wanting to simplify because I have to move again one day and because I like to travel I will not want a lot of extra stuff to manage. However, this is not easy. Many of the boxes are books, pictures, and journals. What to keep and what not to keep is the question of my life right now. How to use the little space I have and maintain some semblance of order so I can find the things I need.
To simplify my life can also mean to stop doing so much other things, things that tire and stress, to simplify is to be wise in what we focus on. Am I focused on earning money or am I focused on Glorifying God? Am I focused on me or on God? My mind is very busy, always going so fast the rest of me can’t keep up, I can be miles ahead in my thoughts about everything that I become stressed about not enough time, not enough time to be still and rest, not enough time to finish projects I started, not enough time alone, not enough time with people. Maybe to simplify my life I first have to simplify my thoughts. To not worry and stress over what doesn’t get done but to move more slowly and do well the things I do with taking time to breathe, focus and rest in-between. It seems to simplify my life means I need to simplify my thoughts and yet accept that life can be complicated, complex, difficult, and overwhelmingly too busy at times, but it is possible to learn to slow down, to downsize and to let go of that which is not necessary.
This one thing that is necessary is to spend time with God, so I can learn from Him how to slow down, even my thoughts and find rest and peace in a simplified life with Him.