I would trade all I have for less, if I could have more quality time. I would have less stuff, a smaller house, live on less, count my pennies, give up some of the luxuries in my life, if I could have a life of quality. One that I can live where I’m not a slave to my job or a paycheck or the bills or anything else that places demands on me. One that would let me spend more time with those that I love…doing what I love. I would take less to have more.
Oh, if I could teach my kids one last thing, this would be it! You don’t have to have everything right this minute. I remember hearing my momma tell me that and NEVER REALLY HEARING HER. But I hear you now, Momma. We live in a world of instant gratification. Very few start out with what they can afford and then grow into what they can. And there is such a huge difference between wanting and needing. It is a great big hard lesson to learn to live in contentment with what you have, when you have what you need. (Wow. I had to read that last sentence twice!)
And so much of what we need is not more stuff. We just continue to try to fill a gap with what we think things should look like in our mind. but what we are really looking for are those feelings of warmth, love, acceptance, home…and those things are not things you can hold in your hand or hang on your wall. My prayer, my resolution, my 2013 word of the year is contentment. May I just be content in the state I’m in. May I always remember with more, I get less. I lose what I’m longing for now more than ever.
Here I sit today, working on decluttering my home and my mind, trying to simply our way of life, fighting for time to do the things that make me truly happy. I might could say I’m trying to undo what I have spent a lifetime trying to achieve. I wouldn’t say I have regrets, but if I had a do over, I would do things differently. I would seek a life with less because “less is more” has never meant as much to me as it does today.
If you could…if you got just one do-over…what would yours be?