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Voluntary Simplicity, Step 4: Being Kind To Others and The Planet

| 5/31/2011 7:10:26 PM

 voluntary simplicity 4 

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  

Be the living expression of God's kindness:  kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile". 

– Mother Teresa 

What if, instead of measuring success by the amount of money we make and/or by the number of things we own, we measured it by how we treat others, ourselves and the planet?

The process of simplification helps to develop even more appreciation of others, the relationships we've formed and the natural beauty of our surroundings.  It frees up time to take a breathe, actually see the world, and focus on those things that are really important.  Once the cycle of needing more money and more things is broken, we realize those things don't equal happiness.  The things that truly bring happiness don't cost a thing monetarily, but they do take time to appreciate and nurture.

Nebraska Dave
6/5/2011 9:08:21 AM

Staci, Your words so ring true. I for many years didn't have a choice but to run the corporate rat race. With medical issues happening in the family that needed money, I worked two jobs to survive. During that season of life, I learned much about what is a need and what is a want. Now that I'm in a better season of life I lean on those years of learned wisdom to live a frugal lifestyle that probably would drive some folk a little crazy. Well, it does drive my youngest daughter that lives with me a little crazy at times. Appliances have to unfixable dead before I will replace them. My cell phones are only the free with service kind and computers are bottom of the line. I am not a fanatical anti everything survivalist kind of guy. You are so right when you say that relationships are the important thing in life. It's just sad that I didn't realize that sooner in life but then bills and raising kids kind of got in the way of that. It is difficult in today's world to go against the grain of always running and doing or there's non productivity. Some times non productivity is just what I need to put things in perspective. Have a great day building relationships.

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