There is no fixed standard of simplicity.
What is very simple for one person often seem
very complex and extravagant for another.
There is no known calculus of simplicity.
Rufus Jones, 1940
Simplicity does not mean drabness or narrowness but is essentially positive, being the capacity for selectivety in one who holds attention on the goal. Thus simplicity is an appreciation of all that is helpful towards living as children of the living God.
North Carolina Yearly Meeting, 1983
Creative simplicity involves developing our own tastes, rather than letting them be formed by advertising and other social pressures which stunt imagination and discourage self-expression. Simple Living is a rediscovery of our creative and imaginative energies.
The Simple Living Collective, 1974
So far I like this book throughout the chapters there are questions for you to think inwardly about yourself and why you choose to do the things you do. Here's an example of one: What criteria do I use to determine what constitutes simplicity to me?
I of course answered the question right in the book since I am a notorious highlighter of things that catch my eye in books. I take notes right in the book or I'll forget why I wrote something down and where I got it from.
Simple living is different for all and the choices we make will be different from all others. Hubby and I decided soon after we married almost 19 years ago that I would be a stay at home mom when the time came. I have worked one job since then and that was driving a school bus, I could take my toddlers with me and it was only 4 hours a day, free insurance, and I could still be at home. Well that turned into a nightmare and lasted 4 months.
We have learned to live simple to keep this goal going, but our choice and the choices we have made to keep this going are different from others. Some may look at us as poor people and they can think that all they want. Our house is paid for, our vehicles are paid for, we have no debt at all; we have been blessed beyond measure because we have stuck to a path we knew was the right one.
But our choices are ours, my choosing to sew a lot of my clothing, or wear skirts 95% of the time, not having a stylish hairstyle but having long hair, cooking from scratch, raising animals for food, gardening, not having cable TV, yard saleing and thrift storing, making do with what I have, keeping my decorating to practical and basic, making cheese,making laundry soap, washing my hair with baking soda, making my own soap, using a clothesline, etc, etc I am following the path I know to be mine this is my simplicity.
What is Yours?
Have a very blessed day.