Posts Tagged ‘Simplify’

On Being Alone

March 11, 2011

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” ~ Paul Tillich

I am sitting outside the yoga studio enjoying a moment of solitude. It feels really good after a busy week.That makes me think I need to make more of an effort to plan time to think and pray and dream and read and write into my days, to accept that I don’t have to wait until I am organized, the laundry is done, or the myriad items on my to-do list are checked off.

On the other side of being alone, I experienced an overwhelming sense of loneliness during the noon Mass on Ash Wednesday. It was very strange, because my parish church is a place where I feel like I belong — the pastor even addressed me by name during the homily! But it got me thinking about people who feel alone, and that I might be surprised at who they are, so I am recommitting myself to radical hospitality, to being warm and welcoming, no matter how I feel or if I think the person in front of me needs my hospitality or not.

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Becoming Magnificent

February 4, 2011

I have been following the Magnificent Minimalist. She cracks me up — and gets right to the heart of the matter.

Today she had tips on be becoming a minimalist. I love this one:  “3.  Clear up your time; don’t let unnecessary obligations bog you down.” It hits on three of my goals: finding time, simplify, get organized.

I’m cleaning my calendar this afternoon!

#7 It’s Not Rocket Science

January 24, 2011

I’ve been wondering how to describe goal number seven, how to tell you all the changes in my life that this implies, then I read these words of Albert Einstein:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

#7: Simplify