Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simplification



I had a great post ready to go for today, but we had friends over for dinner and got to talking about the simple things in life which compelled me to write this post. There is so much noise in today's world. For starters, technological advancements dominate society. We can't walk one block without checking email or updating our status about what we ate for lunch. I can't tell you how many times I see people out at dinner typing on their phone. Conversation has gone electronic, even when a live human being is sitting next to you.

Everyone wants everything immediately, only to move on to the next material thing in five minutes. It if isn't bigger and faster, it is not better. I fell like everything is moving 100 miles a minute, and if you don't want to miss out you better get on the train because it left yesterday.

I've always envied those people who embrace a "laid back" lifestyle or who can meditate for hours on end. My grandfather grew up during the Great Depression, and that experience really shaped his life. He worked hard, saved all his money and made a satisfying life for himself in the country. To him, life was all about enjoying family, savoring the tastes of homegrown fruits, and watching the sunset. I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed the taste of a great piece of fruit.

Now don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe in technology and love that we live in a time of great innovation. That said, I do want more simplicity in my life and believe that I can achieve it while still enjoying the wonderful technological advancements of our time. Maybe the solution is as easy as limiting my television and computer time each night and playing cards with Jimmy.

So, how do we slow down and really focus on the moment and enjoy the things in life that are free? I don't know the answer, but I do know that it takes a conscious effort and doesn't come as naturally as I'd hoped.

How do you simplify your life?


a simple sandcastle


a staircase to open air


a peaceful place


a calming scene

27 comments:

  1. This is a great reminder Marcie :)

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  2. Sweetie...I think about this all the time too and I dont have the answer! Its so hard to do in our home because both of us work from home...so the phones, emails, meetings are part of everyday life....We get crazy deadlines and we dont have the usual 9 to 5 jobs....Which I like but one thing we are tring to do lately is so have each morning an hour together for breakfast and chat and in the evenings we try to sit out in the balcony and enjoy the view, play games or just talk:)....I love those times:)

    Kisses,sweetie

    ps: Today afternoon I will be hosting a great giveaway, so please join in:) ...I really think you will love it:)

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  3. I LOVE that 3rd photo. Gorgeous. Can you email me that one too for my contest!

    I get very frustrated with my kids and the constant texting, now banned at the dinner table. I think this generation will have no clue how wonderful silence can be.

    I try to keep my life simple, especially food. I shop local and cook from scratch. The process of cooking and making jams etc relaxes me and grounds me.

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  4. This is going to be my favorite post of the day. I could not agree more and am exhausted by all the "look at what's coming up for fall" ads. Gee, I'm still back here in summer trying to live in the moment and enjoy it.

    Sometimes I just want to disconnect and retreat to rediscover my center.

    Prayer.
    Turning off the tv and computer.
    Dedicated quiet time.
    No phones.
    Reading a book again.

    Excellent post.

    xo,
    Carrie

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  5. Beautiful photos. Love your post.


    xx
    Nikki

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  6. You have seriously hit the nail on the head today Marcie!! I have been pondering this same question recently. It's so sad to see the way the world is going. No one has time to stop and actually talk with someone. Like you, I think the advancements we have made are wonderful but I hate that people are all so obsessed with it these days. I wish we could go back to the old days. :)

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  7. Great post Marcie- and it's so true! My husband asked me the other day if I wanted one of those Kindle things, and I was like no, I would rather read a book and turn the actual page...I am like enough is enough with this technology thing...I want OFF the train!
    <3

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  8. Great post! I am so with you, girl! I feel like I am attached to a computer all day and having and iPhone doesn’t help. That thing is addictive. It’s kind of scary.
    When I really catch myself I put whatever I am doing down, I either go for a bike ride, read a book, go for a walk, etc.

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  9. Marcie, this is one of my favorite posts you've ever done. I think about this all the time and try to work on getting away from the constant stimulation of phones, computers, televisions, etc. I can appreciate technology, but also see the value in simplicity and slowing things down. I think it's part of how/where we grew up, but I can absolutely appreciate a slower lifestyle. I use bike rides, yoga, cards with Gabe (we love playing gin rummy), walks on the beach, reading a good book, chats with friends over coffee, spending time at the library, and being outdoors to simplify. But I do need reminders like this to put away the computer/phone and focus on simpler things.

    xo
    Valerie

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  10. You hit the nail on the head!! And sadly, I see this happening to me... I get bored so easily if I don't have a million things going on. In fact, if I have nothing to do, I almost make up things to do just to do something! How sad is that? Now a days, taking it easy or relaxing just isn't in our vocabulary. Again, great post dear!! xo

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  11. very true. even i find myself updating my status when out with friends. i knoow it's really bad, so i stop myself when i do that. to simplify life, i like to sit in the backyard and read books instead of sitting in front of my laptop or TV. it makes me feel good. :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is so amazing...very useful information! I swear, the other day I did a guest post about how this whole techy worls is making us so out of touch with ourselves and each other...

    Loved it - great post!

    XOXO
    Kiki

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  13. I like to mediate... or do yoga... it helps calm me down. I also like to lay out in the yard in the summer and look for shooting stars... it reminds me that we, human beings are very very small. Love your blog :)

    xx
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  14. This post is so lovely, my dear. So insightful. You're right about technology taking over the world -- of course, I check my phone every two minutes... But sometimes the simple pleasures in life are truly the best.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  15. hey marcie! thanks for stopping by and saying hello. your blog is adorable, love the pictures. i'm your newest follower :)

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  16. awww that picture makes me want to build a sand castle!! haha

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  17. I know exactly how you feel Marcie. I battle with trying to simplify myself, and I, like you, haven't quite figured it out. I feel like in some respects we've regressed as a society. Instead of living our lives, we're documenting it. We're constantly multitasking and scattered, that we miss out on the little things in the process. Your post is a great reminder to unplug more often. Thanks Marcie!

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  18. I am really glad you did this post today, perfect day for a reminder!
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  19. Yes, I can relate to this. I had a lot of time to relax and work out and enjoy the simpler things last week while I was on vacation. But, this shouldn't just happen on vacation right? we all need to carve out time to just relax with a book, or have a meaningful conversation with a loved one etc... And the multi tasking is out of control too! ok I am going to go now and read in my bed.

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  20. I agree with you whole heartedly...Phone, alarm, radio, text, update, email, blah, blah, blaaah. Even as I sit here typing I feel guilty. Granted my kids are away for two weeks, but still. We need to slow it down.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the wonderful compliment you gave me. I'm new to this, so I'm just getting the hang of it. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  21. You're so right. This really got me thinking about me and the hubby. Maybe we a date night where we leave our phones at home! With all the smart phones these days, it's so easy to get disconnected even at a dinner out. You've got my wheels turning now ;)

    Thanks for finding my blog! I really enjoy yours as well!

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  22. it really is true that we are completely inundated with technology and have a need to be completely occupied at all times. i'm as guilty as anyone!

    when I need a break, i leave my phone(s) at home and just walk around on a hot summer night with my boyfriend. sometimes i long for the days when not everyone was so readily available...

    thanks for making me think :)

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  23. I feel the same way sometimes, especially when I see others embracing simplicity and I wonder how they do it. I hope to someday be able to embrace the simple things.

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  24. I totally hear you on this - even now I should be out at the beach or something, but here I am doing electronic things! Maybe this is a sign :) There should be a day of the week where the internet is silent..you know? like how some stores close on sunday so no one has to worry about missing anything, etc...

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  25. I've been on semester break from university for the past three weeks and thought I would be able to use the time to do lots of reading and writing. Instead, I spent the whole time constantly refreshing gmail for new emails, Twitter for new tweets, Blogger for new posts, Faceboook for new updates. I couldn't relax, couldn't switch off my brain. It's been horrible. I think I need to have at least one day a week that is firmly internet-free.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, I love yours! x

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  26. that is really deep and really powerful, i agree with you that we should simplify and i personally do not watch tv but more than often find myself in the computer more than with my boyfriend... thank you the message i will be thinking about it!

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  27. I've been trying to stay off my phone when I'm waiting to be seated at a restaurant and things like that. I know I must look like a huge arsehole to other people. I just get bored so easily. :)

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