January 31, 2011

Simplify


Simplify......according to Webster means "to make simple or simpler" or "to reduce to basic essentials."

This word has been swirling around in my mind for quite some time now. I have been thinking about how it can be applied to my life. You may be saying "you only have 2 kids who are not currently in many activities.....you don't even know what busy really means." But then my question back would be, "does life need to be that busy?" Do our children need to be enrolled in 3 different sports, 5 different extra curricular activities? But, it's not just about the kids. We as parents are busy too. We work full time jobs, volunteer to be room mom at our child's school, we're on the planning committee for this event or the fund-raising committee for that group. We hurry around busying ourselves with tasks.....as life whips past us so fast that we can't even remember what day of the week it is or the last time we washed our hair.

Do you remember a time recently when you lost electricity at your house. Like me, you probably went into a slight panic. What were you going to do all - night - long....... You can't watch tv, you can't get on the internet, it's going to be a long boring night. Right? Actually, it probably ended up being way better than you imagined. More likely than not, you ended up playing board games and reading books with your children by candlelight. They were probably tickled to get Mom & Dad's undivided attention. Attention that wasn't shared with the tv, computer, or telephone. In the end, you may look back on that night with fondness and wonder how you can recreate those simple magical moments.

What can we do to Simplify our lives? I don't believe that we have to get all crazy and permanently remove the television from our home or disconnect the internet. I do believe that as families we need to learn to create boundaries. I will be the first to admit that over time those boundaries have began to blur and I have lost my focus. So what can we do from this day forward to chart a new course for our families? Can we put time limits on the television or internet? Can we limit our children to one sport per season? Can we implement "Family Night" into our weekly routine? Can we be better at planning and organizing so our lives are less chaotic?  I would love for you to share your thoughts.





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