Friday, February 10, 2006

A Quiet Life

Having surgery on your Achilles tendon can bring an element of simplicity into your life. I am rather enjoying this forced discipline. Oh, that I might continue in it even when I am fully back in the swing of things.

Today my Louissa and I did errands in Massena. As I meandered through the aisles at Wal-Mart I was quite aware of the quick pace most Americans assume. At times I actually felt as though I was moving backwards! How surprised I was when my watch indicated that we were quickly running out of time and would need to scramble through the checkout if we hoped to arrive home at our appointed hour. When we left the house first thing in the morning, I had anticipated visiting several stores and still having time for lunch at Taco Bell (big spender that I am!) We usually fit multiple stops into our Massena trip. But not today. Slow is the name of the game.

Still, I didn't miss the rushing. Stress free living certainly can be an asset!

I doubt that as I regain mobility I will continue to do errands only once or twice every six weeks - that would be too good to be true! But I do hope that I can learn to just say no to all the extras, to wait patiently for things so that trips into town can be consolidated, and just plain go without if it means I get to stay home with the kiddos and live life a bit more simply.

1 Thess. 4:11This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before.


Blogger sam said...

Stress-free living, living a quiet life, living matter how you put it, it sounds great to me too. It seems I am constantly trying to see what I can cut, in every area of my life, to live a bit simpler. It's a constant process, isn't it?

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