Imagine that today you will or have just arrived home after a harried day at work, or whatever “busyness” your day is typically comprised of, and find a box waiting on your doorstep.
There’s nothing especially striking about the box itself.
At first glance, all you see is a trusted postmark, and your name and address.
But, what’s that written on its side?
It’s an intriguing label that reads…
For a Simpler Life
Just Add Water!
Would you be curious enough to carry it in the house and open it?
While you’re making up your mind, I would like to share a piece of myself with you.
About a handful of years ago, I was doing so much that even Sunday was spoken for. It wasn’t because I was necessarily attending church either.
Believe it or no, the main company I was working with scheduled meetings on Sunday too. I was so “involved” that I made myself available 7 days a week!
I plugged caring for my house in there someplace. I didn’t cook much, and when I did fix something, I ate on the run. Or picked up a quickie something from a fast-food joint.
Spending quality time with my family, friends, and pets? Who were they? I’d almost lost sight of them.
I even stopped sleeping on frequent occasions, so that I could complete a project, through the night — as often became necessary — to be prepared.
I was always prepared, and that’s what other people came to expect of me.
Maybe that’s why I’m now seeing heavy dark circles [no way I’m showing them here] under my eyes.
Tentative vacations and holiday visits were scheduled around all this other I was doing. I must admit I got good at what I’ll coin here as: “multiple planning.”
Life was a whirl of activity, which I thought [at the time] I was handling with glee.
Then one day I realized something freaky. I was rapidly losing my ability to shut out the screaming I heard inside my head.
I had to
I needed HECTIC to end.
I needed a lot of things to end.
Just by blessed accident, I ran into this quote by Anonymous….“No, is a complete sentence.”
It’s also when I began to meditate. Thankfully, soon after a vision of a cardboard box appeared in my mind’s eye.
On its side it had a label like yours which read…
For a Simpler Life
Just Add Water!
Craving simpler…I welcomed my box inside.
And opened it!
Here’s what I found:
An 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper
* A teaspoon
* A tablespoon
* A ladle
* A pitcher
* A bucket
What? No instructions?!
Listen. We have all the self-imposed “marching orders” we will ever need. And a whole lot of some we don’t. It’s up to each of us to mix up or thin them down, to a consistency that balances out our lives.
Without we would surely die. It’s more necessary than food. It’s good for us. Water is one of the most healthy elements on the planet. That’s probably why there’s so much of it.
Here’s How I Used My tools!
The teaspoon. I wasn’t sure how ready I was, or how much I wanted to give up yet. So, I simply mixed things up a bit. Still, I felt like I was doing something different.
The tablespoon.Soon, I wanted more consistency in my life. I realized that in order to live a simpler life, I needed to add just enough water to thin some of my frick and fracks out.
The ladle. This wonderful tool gave the most important people and wanna-do’s in my life a refreshing drink of my time, and a more focused piece of my attention.
The pitcher. I used only the clearest water in this symbolic tool. I dearly needed clarity. I was making some BIG moves, and my life was changing fast. I also added a glass which I decided not to keep too full, or too empty.
Finally…the bucket. It was time to wash away 50% of things that no longer served my highest and best. That meant people too, sadly!
Am I more mindful now???
I still get excited about new and different opportunities, but just like when I pick up a catalog, I look at the pictures without always having to get out my credit card.
I haven’t given up all my super powers, I just put them to better use. I use them more wisely, when, where, and how they are highest and best utilized.
No rushing around, trying to be everywhere doing everything for everyone, excluding myself.
No more being…
Now I live a simpler life…
Have you decided to open your box yet?