Once again we find ourselves not fitting in any boxes.
In the same way – labels don’t agree with us either. We just are. We are not minimalists yet we advocate for living with less, we are not typical consumers yet we still must consume, we don’t suggest anyone follow the path of self sufficiency yet we strive for self reliance and the need for local communities to take action and help one another.
Here we are, living on a twelve acre organic homestead and enjoying our slow and simple life. And believe me it is anything but boring. Moving from Seattle to Hungary was a phase of slowing down, moving from the city to the farm was to slow us further, becoming parents slowed us down in other ways, but all of the changes we have made in the past six years have taught us that slow is good.
Slowing down opens up the world in so many ways and allows you to enjoy life on levels you may have never known existed:
- Riding a bicycle (instead of a speeding car) enables you to see local flora and fauna growing on the side of the road, right now the chicory is in bloom.
- Cooking a meal at home with local ingredients or sharing a wild salad for twelve people, picked from your garden with more than 20 kinds of greens, herbs and flavorful plant bites is an opportunity to connect with the Earth and to reconnect with community and friends.
- Taking the time to sit and watch the clouds float by. Remember what it means to be a child and enjoy the sun in your face as you see a dog change into a dragon and then into nothing at all.
Life really is about the little things if you can appreciate the little things that you have.
We may not ever own a fancy car, or another car at all! but we have a roof over our heads and firewood stored in the back to keep us cooking and trading pastries and bread for eggs.
Slow down if you want to appreciate the finer things in life. This may mean buying less, eating less, owning less, watching less…but the bright side of all of this – you get to experience so much more!
I challenge you to gather more experiences than physical “stuff” for the next week. Don’t buy anything except all you need to survive, at the same time try to include more people and conversation into your next seven days. Invite friends for dinner, invite yourself over for dinner, whatever it takes to start interacting again with the human race. It may just change your life.