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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Simplicity


Pray
My life is full of many things, God. Help me to see all things as tools, and not goals.
                                                                        Small Steps for Catholic Moms, February 1



When I read the prayer this morning, I finally felt like I understood what simplicity means. I have spent a lot of time trying to simplify my life. I read books on how to simplify my home, my schedule, and my parenting. I enjoyed the books and got some great ideas, but my life is not simple. I can declutter, turn off the television, and say no to one more commitment, but I will still have too much stuff and too many obligations. After all, I am a wife to a great man, a mother of three active boys, a daughter, sister, aunt, and a friend.





Now I see that simplicity isn't just about more free time and having less clutter. It is about my attitude while I am doing a task and how I use the many gadgets I have in my home. I read ahead in my Small Steps for Catholic Moms book, and I found this quote from St. Therese of Lisieux:

You know that our Lord does not look at the greatness or difficulty of our action but at the love with which you do it. What, then, have you to fear? 




Please visit Elizabeth Foss to read more about taking small steps towards simplicity.


4 comments:

  1. oh, thank you for posting this - I am going to try to change my attitude toward simplicity and all it may or may not entail.
    Karen

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  2. Action with Love. It's a simple concept but the simple things can be the most difficult!

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  3. I just ordered this book because I keep reading these little posts from people. =) I hope I get it soon so I can join in. Glad to see another mom with 3 boys! I just had my third boy 7 weeks ago.
    (Just found your blog through the Catholic Mothers Online shop.)

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  4. Elisa, it is a great book! Congratulations on the birth of your third boy!

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