I’m sitting at my desk, looking out at the mountains, and thinking about speaking to more than 100 Mennonite women this Friday night at the Amigo Centre, a place I know well, not too far from Sturgis, Michigan.
The subject is Recovering Simplicity, a topic that Mennonites have grappled with for a long time and wrote many books about in the 1970s and 80s, most notably Doris Janzen Longacre’s Living More with Less.
Simplicity has never been more relevant, more necessary, in a cluttered, materialist, violent, and unpredictable world.
Grandparents may have a special role to play in challenging themselves and helping younger generations to rediscover the More With Less theme.
This photo from the post elicited more comments than the words did.
We grandparents are living in the Autumn season of our lives. We see Winter ahead, and we know that we can’t take anything with us beyond that season.
We are ready to simplify. We are ready to go back to living in the Now, like we did as children.
We are ready to let go. Almost. In fits and starts.
We know that if we give our gifts to grandchildren now, those gifts will bless not only them, but ourselves and our friends.
When I look at these faces, and think about all the other children in the world, I think about a loving God who cares for us all and has given us ENOUGH.
I am once again inspired to find new ways to live More with Less.
Can you name one way to simplify? Let’s help each other cut down on clutter and focus on what matters most! Please share a thought below.