Simplicity is a slow journey toward less. Each year, I examine my life. I evaluate, ask questions and then scale back. I have been pursuing contentment and it has settled down in my soul like a sunken treasure…nestling in deeper with each passing year.
Restlessness has been bridled and subdued. Quiet- my one word for 2018, lives.
Still, I have a long way to go on my journey. The road stretches out before me. But today, in this moment, I stop to reflect on how far I’ve come.
I’m home more. I’m at peace here. In the past, I would race around town to multiple stories on multiple days. But for years now, I only go to one store, just once a week. Many people are amazed by this. Once or twice a month I go to Target or shopping anywhere else. I can wait for the things I want or I can go without.
It’s restlessness, more than need, that instigates the shopping and driving around. I battled restlessness straight on. I trimmed back a little at a time and leaned into Jesus. At first, those slow, empty moments made my soul panic. Sometimes I gave into the fear and became busy but more and more I leaned into peace and sat in the quiet space. There, I became accustomed to what I was longing for: rest, stillness and tranquility.
I’m thankful for the progress and onward I strive….for less.