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This is a question I hear all the
time, and appropriate too as "Simple Living" is one of the
top ten trends of the decade.
But what exactly is it? Do I have to
move to the mountains, heat with a wood stove and grow my own
I'm happy to tell you that Simple
Living is not one thing or one path. It is not the same for you as
it is for me. It is instead personalized for each individual based
on what they want out of life. Simple Living is not following the
status quo. It is not doing things because that's what your friends
or neighbors are doing or telling you that you should.
Rather, it's living the way you want
to live and guarding your limited resources such as time and money.
It is also eliminating the clutter from your life and stripping away
what is not important to you.
Simple living is a choice. You choose
your existence rather than allowing others and your circumstances to
choose your life for you.
In this article, let's look at one
point of how Simple Living relates to our "time". That
point is: "Do One Thing At A Time".
Instead of trying to multi-task all
day long like making dinner while talking on the phone or cleaning
house while doing laundry, try doing one thing at a time and enjoy
the experience. Think about it while you do it. Try to enjoy
whatever it is you are doing at the moment. Don't think ahead what
else needs to be done and don't think back about something you've
We will never get
"everything" done in life that we want to get done.
Therefore, why not slow down and enjoy the moment, whatever it is.
If you truly want to live a simpler
life, this is a great place to start!