I had the best intentions for this year. In January, I declared that this year would be about SIMPLICITY. It would be about cutting out what I did not need. It would be about getting rid of the baggage, the fuss, and the clutter. It would be about keeping things simple. And so off I went along the path toward simplicity. I was enthusiastic and optimistic, with a spring in my step and hope in my heart. But the journey did not go quite as I expected... does it ever? I ended up taking several detours this year on my way to simplicity. I take full responsibility for each decision I made to veer off track. And these decisions were made willingly. But it turned out that these decisions lead me to become busier than ever and I was left feeling overwhelmed and disappointed in myself for not being able to manage it all.
As life would have it, all these detours have lead me back to where I started. Funny how that happens. And it is now, 11 months following my initial declaration, that I am jumping back on the path to simplicity. So here I go again, on my way, still enthusiastic and optimistic. But this time I have a much better idea of how to get to where I want to go. I'm looking ahead with my mistakes behind me. I've learnt some lessons and I know myself much better now.
Living simply and cutting out what I don't need will mean that I actually get a chance enjoy each moment instead of spending it planning the next one. It will also mean that I will be able to devote more time and energy to the things that matter. As it turns out, I can't do everything all at once. And you know what? I'm ok with that.
So tell me, dear friend, have you ever taken a detour? How do you keep yourself on track? Hope you have a great week!