As I pursue my word Sanctuary for 2017, another word keeps popping up.
I’ve been doing what so many other people do at this time of year, decluttering, cleaning and freshening up my house. I often find myself in good company, when I ask a friend what they’ve been up to and their reply has something to do with, “Cleaning my house and getting back to normal after the holidays. I took X number of bags to ARC yesterday!” We all get deep satisfaction from reclaiming lost space, which also means reclaiming lost time. Less time spent taking care of things.
As I clear away books, clothing, household items that are no longer useful to me, my goal is to leave some of the space empty. Like my time for quiet reflection each morning, the lack of clutter in the space around me gives my mind a place to rest.
The simplicity of cultures like the Amish have always intrigued me. I used to view their lifestyle as a model of self-discipline and deprivation. Like fasting. As I find myself craving simpler surroundings and wanting to let go of too much stuff, I'm drawn to the clarity that a less complicated lifestyle provides.