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  • #421935
    DocDoc
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    What is “Living Simply”

    That is easy :tup:

    Whatever Scarecrow tells me it is :kiss:

    simplyingly yours

    Doc 😉

    #421936
    virgillvirgill
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    Living simply – well this to me is having the desire ( and ability) to pare down and realise the essentials of what we truely need to live.

    To free ourselves from clutter and thus regain all that wasted energy. Gaining order within our lives internally and externally.

    And learning what it valuable – and what is not.

    #421937
    TamandcoTamandco
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    Not trying to constantly live up to everyone else’s (or society’s) expectations.

    (and it’s a lifelong challenge)

    #421938
    sue esue e
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    all of the above as well as not having to watch the clock all the time.getting up with the sun all year round. allowing oneself to be a creature of the seasons rather than trying to achieve the same thing regardless of the time of year i.e getting up in the dark and trudging off to work and doing playground duty in summer.feeling satisfied with what you’ve achieved simply because you did it and not because it met someone else’s expectations.JUST HAVING TIME TO BE WITH FAMILY AND GOOD COMPANY without worrying about what you should be doing.:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    #421939
    purplehatpurplehat
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    Simple living.. is realising that no amount of money will make me happy, and no amount of waiting is ever going to achieve my hopes and dreams. It’s about finding out (or admitting to) what really makes me happy and working towards it. It’s about realising that my health is central and must come first. It’s about minimising my impact on the earth, and aiming to improve things rather than deplete them.

    I look at people around me and see they’re living the same life I was living 6 years ago. Working hard for the money to try and make themselves happy.. an endless circle because money can’t buy happiness. So, to me, Simple Living is breaking out of that cycle and finding my own happiness. Happiness is pulling weeds, planting seedlings that I hope will provide for my husband and I. It’s saving seeds, planting trees.. Simple Living is an active pursuit, rather than a passive one.

    #421940
    JadeJade
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    I love all of your answers and share many of the same ideas.

    To me, living simply is about cutting out all the excess crap in our lives (commercialism, toxins, etc) and getting back to the basics until we get them right. There are a lot of simple life lessons that I was never taught.. and I think that a lot of other young people aren’t learning either.

    We take so much for granted and we don’t respect the things we are fortunate enough to have. I love our technological advancements, but they should be used more responsibly and while I can’t control the behavior of others, I can at least take responsibility for my own choices and those that affect my family.

    Gosh.. talking it all out here really helps me get my thoughts together 🙂 thanks for starting these topics!

    #421941
    MetuMetu
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    😆 Doc.

    Living simply is simply living to me. It’s accepting that there is no perfect outcome, no perfect people and no perfect world. It just is…and so am I. 🙂

    #421942

    Metu wrote:

    😆 Doc.

    Living simply is simply living to me. It’s accepting that there is no perfect outcome, no perfect people and no perfect world. It just is…and so am I. 🙂

    :clap::clap:

    #421943
    kathykathy
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    Have read all replies with interest and am basically on the same page .

    To wickedstep

    you seem to be where we wre 12 mths ago .Dh and I headed bush after 30 yrs of working and the last 9 mths have flown .Some days I wonder if we did the right thing and for the most part I love it .

    My biggest problem is bouts of inactivity and just completely stopping .When this happens I feel enormously guilty for wasting time but feel so lethargic I cant break out of it .I tell myself that there has to be some reaction to what we went through prior to and during the move . Was wondering if others have gone through the same thing .

    We have achieved enormous amounts since we arrived here and are now able to feed ourselves from the gardens . the house has been painted inside and out .gardens built and flourishing .

    For the first time in my life I have the time to do whatever i want and somedays I feel so lost i end up doing nothing .

    I guess living simply isnt so simple and requires a mind change as well as a physical change .

    My structured work ethic is still so engrained it is causing me a lot of angst .

    would love to know if this to will pass and I will be able to just simply be .:shrug:

    #421944
    tarabraetarabrae
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    living slow, having time for one another, not trying to keep up with anyone else, and living in a way that works for us :tup:

    #421945
    JinjaJinja
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    Having enough. Although, we are still learning what enough is and how to stop at it. :shrug:

    #421946
    pxdavepxdave
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    very good question…..and one I have pondered lately

    To me simple living is about embracing and celebrating creation each and every day one day at a time. It is all to easy to become totally obsessed by work, making money, becoming 100% self sufficent, opting out of life, changing the world,…..you name it and us humans can obsess and lose sight of what we have here and now today.

    If however I can stop and marvel at my chickens who give me eggs each day, wow at fresh buds or shoots on my trees, or get excited when a seed sprouts and shoots through the dirt……then I can celebrate daily in something that can only be described as a miracle, the miracle of life.

    #421947
    virgillvirgill
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    kathy wrote:

    Have read all replies with interest and am basically on the same page .

    To wickedstep

    you seem to be where we wre 12 mths ago .Dh and I headed bush after 30 yrs of working and the last 9 mths have flown .Some days I wonder if we did the right thing and for the most part I love it .

    My biggest problem is bouts of inactivity and just completely stopping .When this happens I feel enormously guilty for wasting time but feel so lethargic I cant break out of it .I tell myself that there has to be some reaction to what we went through prior to and during the move . Was wondering if others have gone through the same thing .

    We have achieved enormous amounts since we arrived here and are now able to feed ourselves from the gardens . the house has been painted inside and out .gardens built and flourishing .

    For the first time in my life I have the time to do whatever i want and somedays I feel so lost i end up doing nothing .

    I guess living simply isnt so simple and requires a mind change as well as a physical change .

    My structured work ethic is still so engrained it is causing me a lot of angst .

    would love to know if this to will pass and I will be able to just simply be .:shrug:

    I think its about telling your inner voice thats its ok to stop and smell the roses. And maybe spending 10 minutes at the end of the day thinking about what you want to achieve the next day so you dont fall into that “no motivation / dont know where to start ” mode. Although I still work FT, we moved to the country 1 year ago to give our kids (and ourselves) a better life.

    Like you I have days where I wonder whether we did the right thing but I look at my 3 year old tottering off to feed the “ladies” with his chook bucket, and I see my 12 year old actually wanting to go to school now (there are only 16 kids at his school) and it reminds me why we made the move.

    I just wish I could get over being so tired all the time.

    #421948

    I think everyone has some down-time from time to time. I know I do. The good old Protestant Work Ethic can be a real curse. You need to remind yourself that you moved to improve your lifestyle and that includes giving yourself time to sit and ponder. It can actually be very constructive. I have had about a month of doing nothing in particular due to wet weather and lack of motivation. But now I am back into it and making great strides and probably working in a more methodical manner as I had worked myself into a bit of a spiral that was less than helpful. Even in an office you need to take time off from work from time to time to plan out your day, your month, work out your business plan etc. You are not being productive in the normal sense, but you are being productive in ensuring that future activity achieves what you set out to do. As Virgill says, stopping and smelling the roses is the bit you need to remind yourself to enjoy. Life is not all about slogging your guts out (as my father rather frankly put it)

    #421949
    sewing ladysewing lady
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    I have been following this thread and it has made me think.

    Living simply, to me, is being debt free (this is such a fantastic feeling), being with family and friends, being able to garden and eat what I grow, Wearing clothes I have made and having someone ask where I got it, hving time to do the things I want to do, and having to some things that need to be done but being able to pick my time to do them. Good health is something that I want for my loved ones, but that is not something I can control.

    We have both worked hard all our lives and we have had our share of Dramas. We have lived in the city and in the country, we were almost selfsufficient for several years. I have nover worked so hard in my life, but I was never healthier, either. I loved it but circumstances changed and we had to go backward to the city life. We are now semi rural and we have a bit of everything. I am happy with this and find contentment in my life.

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