Reflecting on the Gift of Simplicity…


     Since taking my personal retreat the first part of July, I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity. Although counter-intuitive, it seems we must become strategic in order to achieve simplicity, which is no simple task!

     The world in which we reside seems so very complicated.

     The temptation to compare what we have or who we are to others is so real.

     The acquisition for more ‘stuff’ is so enticing.

     Responsibilities and relationships can be so complicated.

     Sir Isaac Newton said, “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”[1] The simplicity of nature was on display recently just a few doors from our home. We live in a residential area, and have never enjoyed a scene like this before.

     When Ron showed me the picture he’d captured of this doe and her two fawns drinking from a puddle in a neighborhood grassy swell, an old Shaker song came to mind.

‘Tis a Gift

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Joseph Brackett (1797-1882)

May your journey this day be blessed with a gift of simplicity…

Sue Reeve

Listening on YOUR Journey

If you, like me, long for more simplicity in your life, what one strategic step can you take in order to achieve at least a few simple moments?




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