Remembering Why We Are Minimalists

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This orchid is beautiful even when it is not in bloom.

Remember why we started decluttering our rooms and our lives?

It was because there was too much and it made us anxious and tired and sometimes angry and out of control.

So we got rid of the stuff that we didn’t use and didn’t like and it felt so good to be that much freer that we made dates with ourselves to do it on a regular basis. And when we had edited our belongings to the place of “just enough” we noticed that our calendars were as crazy jammed as our physical spaces had been before.

So we dropped activities that were no longer fun or meaningful and we noticed that there were people who drained our energy whenever we were with them, so we started spending less time with them.

And we kept asking ourselves, what makes me happy? What activities feel meaningful to me? And if I can infringe on the trademark– “What sparks joy?” And then we do those things. And if you think that is a selfish way to live, I have news for you.

Three times in the past week, three different settings, a relative stranger has made the comment to me, “You seem so happy!” “I am,” I reply.

And that, my friends, is a gift to the world.

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Balance

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These rentable scooters are popping up all over in the United States.

I am eager to try one of these rentable scooters that have begun appearing in most of the neighborhoods that I frequent. And yet, in my yoga classes, the poses I struggle with the most are the balance poses. And I have struggled to find balance between too much and too little work. My relationships have sometimes suffered for a lack of balance too.

Therefore, I feel that I should be cautious in new endeavors that require balance, especially ones that can cause broken bones if you don’t get the balance thing just right.

But I also know that we grow and get stronger and more resilient when we push ourselves a bit to try new activities or try a more intense level of something we have been dabbling in.

So, I am going to work on improving my balance in the yoga poses and when I feel more confident in that balance, I will borrow a helmet and rent a scooter and practice in a parking lot before I take it on the street. Probably next spring.

What new things are you trying?

Butterfly Garden

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Newly planted butterfly garden at the entrance to the Meeting House.

Earlier in the summer, I wrote a grant application for 137 native species plants for the Quaker Meeting House.

Last week, the plants arrived and we organized a work day to get them in the ground.

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Digging holes for the new plants.

I have registered our new butterfly garden with the St. Louis Milkweed for Monarchs foundation. Milkweeds for Monarchs

This project has been a win-win-win for us by 1) increasing the native species in our downtown city site 2) beautifying the neighborhood 3) building community and 4) helping me get some nice muscles and fresh air.

The world is such a delicious tangled web of interconnections, it is almost impossible to do good in one area, without it spilling over into others. Where are you doing good?

Next Right Action

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Sometimes the next right action is actually a left turn.

The past forty-eight hours have felt like a jab-jab-jab-right cross punch. There have been two elderly family members who fell with injuries, one requiring hospitalization. Another family member is preparing to move to hospice care and a fourth has been hospitalized for an intrinsic illness.

There are times in life when long-range planning is a prudent thing to do. And there are times like this week where is takes all your where-with-all to just figure out what the next right action to take is.

I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that we have received and I just wanted to let my faithful readers know that I have not forgotten you, but for a bit, it is likely that my next right actions will be getting through this family medical crisis.

If history is anything to go by, it might make for some interesting future posts.