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Archive for February, 2013

Live a simple life – Day 3

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.  ~E. Joseph Cossman.  To live a simple life… don’t sweat the small stuff.

Live a simple life day 3  - Copyright Christine Sternfels

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Live a simple life – Day 2

Wanting less will bring you more joy than having too much. ~ Christine Sternfels

Live a simple life day 2  - Copyright Christine Sternfels

Who’s guilty of buying more than what they need because it was on sale?  Or buying something to reward yourself because you thought you deserved it.  How about convincing yourself you need something because you have to buy $200 worth of stuff so you can put it on your card – interest free for 12 months – because you swear it will be paid off by then?  This is the reason why my garage is a storage room.   I’m guilty of all of the above, and I’m sure I’m not alone here.

While transitioning to a simpler life, this is one of the things I struggled with most.  I wouldn’t say I was addicted to shopping or material things because ultimately, I discovered it was the instant gratification of possessing anything newly acquired that gave me the high.  That’s why finding joy in ownership or abundance of things is temporary because the bill comes then you have to start paying for it and eventually, something better comes along then you’re no longer happy with the one you have.  It’s a vicious cycle!

To live a simple life… Want less.

 

 


Live a simple life – Day 1

Sometimes, it takes hard and complicated decisions to make life simple. ~ Christine Sternfels

Live a simple life day 1  - Copyright Christine Sternfels

Good morning everyone!  I’ve missed blogging and my cyber family & friends.  I was going through an emotional roller coaster after Charlie passed away and found it difficult to write.  So, I took a short break and I’ve allowed myself to grieve.  I’m much better now and am ready to heal.

Today, we begin our thirty-day series on “Live a simple life”.   This is the fourth ingredient of my “Secret sauce” for happiness.  We started with “The re-discovery of happiness“, followed by “Being grateful for the little things“, then “Random acts of kindness“.

Live a simple life will be about steps taken, lessons learned and ideas to simplify life.  I look forward to sharing my discoveries and hearing back from what you’ve experienced in your own lives.  Today, to simplify my life… I’m letting go.

Have you ever re-lived moments that make you cringe, upset or sad?  Yet we keep going back to that awful place, which leaves mixed feelings that won’t go away.  Before you know it, the day has gone by and you’ve lived most of it re-living a not-so-pleasant past.   Often, we hold on to feelings that hold us prisoners of our past.  We hold on to feelings for reasons we’ve convinced ourselves are valid, to the point of not being able to move forward to appreciate the present.  As much as we’re able to choose to hold on, we’re just as capable of making the choice to let go.  We hold the key to our own chains.  Join me today, by unlocking that chain and breaking whatever it is that is keeping you in the past.  Today, let’s start moving forward.

Today, the sun will set.  With it, will be what I no longer need to hold on to.   Life is full of possibilities, new beginnings and beauty.  I will make it simpler by letting go of emotions that dampen my mood, cloud my judgement, make me sad and get in the way of experiencing the good moments.  No, I’m not letting go of the memories that fill my life, just the sadness that comes with it.