Simple Gifts: Embracing Simplicity

‘Is there a woman today who does not yearn for a simpler life?But for what do we yearn? To chuck it all in and open up a bed and breakfast in Vermont? Or could it be something more fundamental, like the simple pleasure of concentrating on one task at a time?

Once we take stock of our lives and let gratitude begin its transformative work, the next step on the path unfolds naturally. When we appreciate how much we have, we feel the urge to pare down, get back to basics, and learn what is essential for our happiness. We long to realize what’s really important. Is it more important for you to work overtime to buy the new dining room set or to attend Little League games? Perhaps you could refinish the table and chairs you now have and buy some colorful cushions. These choices are part of simplifying our lives. Welcome them. They are part of the authentic journey.

Many people believe simplicity implies doing without. On the contrary. True simplicity as a conscious life choice illuminates our lives from within. True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess. True simplicity can elevate ordinary moments, dreary lives, and even inanimate objects- as anyone who has ever looked at an exquisite piece of Shaker furniture will attest- from the mundane to the transcendent.

Less can mean more for those of us on the Simple Abundance path. Today just think about how appealing simplicity can be. Visualize a bouquet of bright yellow daffodils in a white milk jug on a pine mantel, sunlight streaming through sparkling clean windows, the shine of beautifully varnished floors, the shimmering glow and fragrance of pure beeswax candles.Trust that through the balm of simplicity your frazzled and weary soul can discover the place where you ought to be. Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our hearts for the place that’s right for each of us.’ -Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy


Well, I have something very nice sitting on my kitchen table to be grateful for. There is nothing like a beautiful bouquet of spring smelling flowers to brighten up a room and to brighten up a woman’s day.

Lenny brought them home for me and gosh they are irresistible. I am not a flower savvy person, but many of my favorites ‘kinds’ are in there. Gerber daisies, two tone color roses, snap dragons, lilies and these rustic-like spiral twigs trying to escape the top of the arrangement.

It absolutely made my day.

Men, bring your lady flowers. We love them! Not when you are in trouble necessarily, just because is such an appreciated surprise!

Deliver them yourself. Makes it even more special.

And every time we smell them as we pass by, we will remember just how lucky we are!

Thank you Lenny, they are beautiful!

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