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Finding Simplicity

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Clutter.  Do you have any?  I’m pretty “clutter free” in my house – EXCEPT for my son’s clothes which seem to appear EVERYWHERE throughout the house and especially on my kitchen table!  Why is my kitchen table a magnet for human clothing you ask?  Ask Shawn.  He seems to believe with all of his sweet little heart, that every room of our house is just a handy extension of his room.  I don’t know how many times I have told him NOT to put his clothes and even at times, his SHOES on my table – but to no avail.  He is 18 and hearing impaired – nothing wrong with his normal hearing – he is just what we call “selective” in what he hears – which makes him “impaired”.  I am about to threaten him with, “the next time I see your clothes on the table – I’m throwing them outside in the driveway!”  But I haven’t done it yet.  Why you ask?  Because my own dear sweet husband ALSO contributes to this delinquency – by removing Shawn’s clothes out of the dryer in the laundry room and putting them ON THE TABLE!!  So I can’t even use the threat – as it may not be Shawn’s fault at all.  *Sigh*  What am I do to with the men I live with?

My office/studio stays in what I would like to call – a healthy “lived in” state – with the appropriate amount of papers and music scattered throughout – but I mostly know where EVERYTHING is – until…Shawn and his friends decide to use MY computer in my office for watching youtube videos and the like – and then it’s anyone’s guess where my papers and music end up.  Not fun.  And I DO NOT like dishes or glasses left on my desk – for ME to take to the kitchen.

Greg says I will miss all of this annoyance some day when Shawn moves out and we are left alone and to our own devices.  I think he’s wrong.  Nothing against my daughter – but I DID NOT enjoy her clutter spread throughout the house when she lived here for 20 years – and I think it saved my sanity and our relationship when she moved out on her own.  There’s something to be said for grown up children who MOVE OUT and get on with their lives – get married and come back to VISIT.

I love to find humor in any and all situations that I am faced with – and like the quote above I really DO believe that any situation can bring great opportunity to learn from a difficult situation.  Whether this is in your immediate family circumstance – or in your other relationships.  I live to find harmony with everyone – as long as it is in my power to do so.  It is NOT always possible with some.  But my reaction after a long  journey of self discovery is this:  those who will not try to live this way – or to rectify a past offense –   it is not my problem. And I am free.  Free to be me.  Free to love those in my world that are daily reminders to me of God’s precious gift to me – my friends.

Have an awesome day, my friends.  You are loved.

God Bless


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  2. Sooo…?? Is the simplicity the lack of clutter, the lack of kids or the lack of unreconciled relationships? Or, does it all bring simplicity? I’m a pretty organized guy, but have given up on my family. Kelly is a pile person and so are my children. I’ve gotten better at not trying to push my perfectionist problems upon them. “All things in decency and order” doesn’t seem to apply to clutter, kids or relationships. Oh, well…just as long as my own dresser is organized and my side of the closet has the shirts hung up by short sleeve, long sleeve and color, slacks together, jeans together, and T-shirts together….I’m good. I think.

    • I think it all brings simplicity – if we let it. You sound like a “neat freak” like my husband – who never has anything in his office or bathroom out of place. I’m sure I’ve messed him up over the years as he’s had to “clean up after me” especially when I bake and cook – I tend to be a bit messy. But my office and bedroom/bathroom – is what I call and “organized mess” that I can understand ☺ It works for me – and I don’t like people moving my “stuff” around! You are right, “All things in decency and order” does NOT apply to all things in our lives – as we cannot hope to organize everything – much as we would like to.

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