Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Monday, May 2, 2011

Voluntary Simplicity

I loved the phrase "Voluntary Simplicity" when I first heard it.  Groups of like-minded souls who are seeking to simplify their lives - are popping-up around the county and sharing ideas of how to let go of materialism and find greater peace in living daily life meaningfully. 

A group member in Utah questioned "What do I really want in life?  Do I want to spend time with my children or more time making money to be spent on things that I don't really need?"  Voluntary Simplicity is a way to focus on life rather than on being so busy all the time 'getting things done'.  It's about getting rid of unessentials, things that are not that important to you, to make time for the core things that you really value more.

An 8 yr. old boy trimmed the amount of toys he had down to basic blocks and several other favorite items.  The rest he donated to charity.  He commented "I feel so good and I don't miss the toys.  I like spending time outdoors and fishing in our pond."

Linda B. stated "The things you buy really makes a difference.  Ask yourself 'Do I really need this?'  And (I would add): "Do I really want or love it'  "Does it enhance my life', 'Will something I have - do the same job?"

Group members say their lives are much richer for having downsized and become more aware of how they use their precious resources.  I concur with their findings.