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Live Simply in 2019: October Mantra, Embrace Change

I can't be totally sure, but I've heard rumblings that there are people out there who naturally embrace change. The same thing over and over again starts to feel boring, stifling. They take it upon themselves to move to new cities, get new jobs, make drastic decisions at the hair salon. I envy those folks. When I was young, change felt like a betrayal, or like the sheepskin throw getting continually pulled out from under ...

Live Simply in 2019: September Mantra, Strive For Excellence

If perfection were possible, we would have attained it by now. If telling ourselves perfection is an impossible goal were enough to convince us to cease striving to attain it, we would have given up long ago. Yet so many of us (myself included) continue to want perfection, and live with the constant disappointment of it continuing not to show up, like a predictably flaky dinner guest. Expecting perfection is the ultimate cop-out. It’s a ...

Live Simply in 2019, August Mantra: Heed Your Intuition

My first introductions to intuition came from spiritual leaders and self-help writers. "Your intuition is that little voice inside you," they all told me. "It has all the answers." I took their explanations to mean that there ought to be an oracle dwelling within me, a psychic on constant speed dial who, from their descriptions, camped out somewhere in the pit of my stomach. Eventually, I realized that my intuition did have the answers. Just ...

Live Simply in 2019, July Mantra: Release Expectations

  We're a demanding group of people; have you noticed? We want precisely what we want at the moment we desire it, hold strongly preconceived notions about how long getting what we want should take, how much it will cost, and how much effort it will require. These expectations are so often fulfilled according to our exact wishes (hello, Prime shipping, GPS, et al.), causing us to treat expectations as guarantees. But the world doesn't ...

Live Simply in 2019, June Mantra: Simplify Schedules

  Embracing a freer schedule is natural, but it isn’t normal in this part of the world. Here, we hurry. We shlep. We carpool, and schedule, and reschedule, and sign up, and register and pre-register. We keep busy. Busyness is the way in which we distract ourselves from having to examine who we might really be and what we might really want. Being busy keeps fear at bay. Fear that children might not turn out ...


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