Sunday, January 13, 2008

words to live by

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris

I came across this quote a few days ago, and it has stuck with me until now.
As New Year's has quickly come and gone, i've found myself suffocated by things...
First holiday shopping, then returning, exchanging, stuffing more stuff into our already small house,
and it seems that our lives are bursting at the seams...
schedules filled up, days turn into nights and it seems that nothing has been accomplished.

Oh how much materialism and greed surrounds us,
how much simpler life would be without the clutter...
not just things, but words spoken, days planned to the minute...
i'm seeing the need to simplify, declutter, slow down and be cognisant of
what surrounds me, what i let into my house, out of my mouth...

It seems that that quote could be applied to our lives instead of just our houses and it would be even more profound.

"Have nothing in your lives that you do not know to be useful or believe to beautiful"

I'm certain that simplicity is not simply obtained by cleaning out a room, though that might be the starting point for some. It might just be waking up earlier than i'd like to have a cup of tea and sit still for a moment, or planning meals ahead of time, so nights won't seem so frantic or staying up later than my husband to start writing again.

Small changes might be just what i need to slow my life down, to enjoy the moments that too often pass me by.


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