The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo DaVinci)
A woman was rushed into an emergency room with serious
injuries resulting from a car accident. Her husband rushed in
minutes later, wearing an expensive suit. He paced nervously, as he
waited for news. A filthy, homeless bum who hung around the
emergency room pilfering coffee, offered him cup.
The man ignored him. The pacing continued. A doctor came
into the waiting area and stated that they were having trouble
locating her rare blood type of AB negative. "There doesn't seem to
be any in the whole city, at the moment."
"I have AB negative!" said the bum several times. The man
looked at the bum with disgust, but his look softened.
"How much do you want for your blood?" asked the wealthy
"It's not for sale," but your wife can have it if she needs
The doctor himself scrubbed the bum from head to toe. The
woman began to recover after receiving the blood for her surgery.
A few days later the "bum" emerged from a limo with the
husband, wearing an immaculate suit. "Look at my new clothes!" he
said to the nurse. She hardly recognized him. "You look very nice,
sir." Later the man, woman, and former homeless man all entered the
limo and drove off, leaving the staff a little surprised.
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Values of Simplicity
Faith in God Faith will lead you where you never would think. It
will give you opportunities you never would have otherwise. Open the
door to faith and you open the door to possibilities that are
endless, and experiences you never imagined!
Frugality more family problems are caused by overspending than
maybe any other. What do you really need? Start there. You need a
home. You don't need a large home. You likely need income, and a
vehicle that you can depend on, so you can get there. Your income
should get you what you need, or you either need to spend less, or
make more. The less you spend, the less you need.
Simplistic Values- Why go out for an expensive meal when you can make
a simple and delicious meal at home? Put that money you saved on
your mortgage, to pay that off early. Have a rainy day savings
account for emergencies.
Honesty Be honest with yourself about things. Is it really a good
idea to spend $4.00 on that Cappuccino every morning? Do you really
need all those extra calories? Couldn't you get by with one a week?
Make some good coffee at home. Get up a few minutes early to pack
your lunch and make it healthy.
Healthy Agenda - What goes in your body, will show up later. Eat
vegetables, fruit and wholegrain. Stay away from smoke, alcohol, and
empty calories. In the long run, they won't comfort you they will
make you and your family ill. Care enough to do the best.
Kindness Families are all about good manners, kindness, and sincere
love, so is the world, whether those around you are doing it, or
not. Do the right thing and you will never be sorry.
Slow down The family that is too busy to enjoy each other is in
trouble. You can't run 80 miles an hour without recharging. You
know if you are going to fast through life. Cut out the busy-ness.
Relax. Go for walks, play soccer in the yard with family and friends
instead of signing up for every activity imaginable. The kids won't
die if they don't learn an instrument, on the other hand, if they beg
to learn, you need to honor that. One of my nephews is excelling on
the violin. He loves it and is very good. Watch for your child's
strengths and facilitate them. That is the true art of parenting.
Give them lots of time for reading, playing and learning. PS- the
television should be the LAST choice.
Love of Learning- There is no end to what you can learn, if you want
to. You can learn to plant a garden, sew, cook, woodwork, discover
the world. Much of it is free or inexpensive.
Friendships- We all need friends. If you don't have one, be one.
Support, love, caring. If you meet a miserable person, they probably
don't have a close friend. Friends reach out and you find each other
somewhere in the middle.
Cooperation since the 40's women have been heading into the work
force. But needs at home haven't changed. Laundry didn't magically
disappear. Meals still need to be made, as do beds. If your family
is two income, one of you needs to be part-time to take care of kids
and home, or you need outside help. If you want to pay someone to
take care of your home, fine, but think about cutting expenses
first. Do you really need everything you are paying for? Watch
where the money goes and cut where possible. Often two incomes do
not make more money, they make more spending and less quality of
life. When mom comes home later than dad, dad better not
say, "What's for dinner?" When she walks in the door, it should be on
the table, or visa versa. That's cooperation. Having a family is a
24 hour job. Even kids need to learn to step up to the plate. Life
isn't a downhill slide, it's an uphill climb, and it takes hard
work. When they learn this lesson, you are giving them a gift that
will last a lifetime. If you don't know how to teach them, ask for
help. Anyone can learn.
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"Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct
them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able
to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of
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