Friday, February 25, 2011
Our lives are much like this as well. Often when it seems as if nothing at all is happening on the outside, great activity is taking place within. I have trouble with the stillness, wanting to urge events forward, quicken the pace. We have been taught so well that faster is better. We have learned to multi-task, doing many things but focusing our full attention on none. It is a shallow way to live. Many things are done, but nothing is really done well. I need to learn to accept, perhaps even enjoy, the stillness that comes during the still seasons of my life and let the growth that they nurture unfold in its own time.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We are five months into our adventure here. When we arrived, we worked very hard at replicating the lifestyle we left. Our expectations were that we would be able to live much the way we always had. Fate had other plans for us.
Yet, chance has not been unkind. Emergencies, such as the generator quitting, have come one at a time. We've been able to taper off our dependency on the modern lifestyle instead of going cold turkey. We've had time to adjust. As our lives get quieter and simpler, we're learning how much more resiliant and secure a lifestyle that isn't dependent on complicated devices can be. We've begun designing our home to reduce the necessity for technology.
So what do we need to be happy? Much less that we'd imagined!