Last week I picked up an old book which filled me with new and fresh inspiration! Anne Ortland wrote some fantastic books several years ago: Disciplines Of A Beautiful Woman and Disciplines Of the Home. They are down to earth, practicial encouragement for the Christian woman and her home.
One quote from the book struck me this week "Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance." Somehow or another, I have wrongly equated simplicity with idleness in my mind. In our culture, one must always rushing around at breakneck speed, to look like as if they are accomplishing anything. A person who is still, moves slowly often is looked upon as one who doesn't work hard.
But in reality, simplicity is not something that is 'done', but rather it is a way of life. A purposeful, visionary path that leads to a home, family and activities that are surrouned with order and a sense of peace. Simplicity can be noted as discarding anything that distracts or hinders progress. A life of simplicity in the home allows tasks to be completed, but leaves quality time for family. It focuses on what is truly important.
This week, in my home, I want to practice simplicity. Something that helps keep me on track are lists! I haven't perfected a system yet, but a few of the tools that I enjoy are:
Simplicity....that's the plan to make my home sing!