By Dionna Sanchez
Simplicity. My sister and I have been reflecting on simplicity lately. We both seem to have gotten contemplative on where our lives are leading – and if we really want to pursue that direction!
For me – I am 32 years old. I feel like an “ old soul” sometimes. I’ve been through a lot in my life. I am so blessed and thankful to be where I am today, with a loving husband and beautiful, precious children. I am able to pursue my dreams and am growing and learning each year as I continue to strive to be the woman I am destined, and created to be.
As I do this, I can’t help but reflect on my lifestyle and how it has affected me and continues to affect my family and me. As I have done this, I am starting to shift priorities…
When I was younger I dreamed of being popular, busy, active – the one whom everyone would come to ask for help in his or her activities and functions. Today – I long for a week where I don’t have to prepare treats or goodies, one where I can stay home and not run to and fro.
I used to think being a good mom meant being at every party, function, field trip and activity. Now I know that my presence is important and valued. But I am learning to start prioritizing because with 3 children in our home, I can’t make it all. If I do, I end up grumpy, irritable, and stressed.
I am learning. I am learning that simplicity is more meaningful. It brings more memories because you have the time to enjoy things and relish the moment. It brings rest, joy, laughter, and sometimes lessons.
I continue to battle this world that thinks I need to have the latest, greatest things; the world that tells me I need to be the best mom, the most successful businesswoman, and the most passionate wife (all while staying beautiful and thin in the process!) Those demands are impossible! So I strive to simply be the best “me.” I may be really good at some things and lousy at others – but hey – that’s me! I’m learning to relax my standards upon myself.
I long for a more relaxing household. One where people come to seek out a haven from the world and not get more of the hustle and bustle inside my four walls. Genuine hearts. Honest souls. Forgiveness. That to me is simplicity.
It’s going to be a fight – me against the world – to stop striving so hard to be and have all that I am told I need. But I know in the end the only thing I really need is love…the simplest and purest gift of all.
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