Consumer products, cleaning supplies, ready to eat processed food, household items, and ready to wear clothing – everything is done. All we have to do is buy these items with the money we’ve earned from working.
But what if our work was growing and making these items? What if we traded convenience for sowing seeds and sewing the garments we needed?
What if our work was living more simply? Simple living takes a lot of work but the work is where the joy is found.
- Growing food in your yard and tasting how much better it is.
- Making furniture. Sewing pillow covers and pillow cases. Knitting blankets. Making pottery.
- Fixing and mending items rather than throwing them out at the first sign of wear.
- Learning ways to reduce our reliance on companies for our consumer needs.
Making simple living a focus is making a commitment to less. But, don’t think of it as making do with less.
Think of it as living well on less. The earth needs humans to consume less. Let go of the mentality that we must have more to have better lives.
Can’t make, fix or grow anything? Find a friend who knows how. “Each one teach one” type of thing. Make a dinner and trade them for teaching you how. Then, you teach a friend.
No one can make or grow everything. We don’t want to go back in time entirely but we can all do something.
Work and actual doing is the joyful part of living simply. Find what you enjoy and make it your work.
What work do you find to be joyful? Do you find living simply to be work?