The older I get ( and Happy Birthday to me for yesterday) the more I’m drawn to simplicity. I don’t think it’s a great surprise that I chose it for my theme in 2007.
When work feels like I’m stuck in the trenches and I can’t quite connect with the big picture – then I take some time to be or do something simple.
Some of my simple pleasures at the moment include:
- for the first time in my life I’ve started growing things. My courtyard is alive with flowers and herbs and a 9ft bamboo (which is soooo big I think it needs a name!). I go outside and just enjoy watering the plants and looking at them.
- i savour the taste of things. My current passion is red grapefruit – sweet and tangy at the same time.
- i spray on my fave perfume by Jo Malone.
- i really stop and listen to people when they talk to me.
- i spent 3 hours uncluttering my office and bringing in a window box of lavender I made.
- i go and chat to my next door neighbour.
- i watch the rain fall – and here in Ireland we have had a lot of it lately.
So simplicity for me is connected with sincerity, serenity and a connection to my senses.
When I’m doing/being simple I give my brain a rest from it’s whirring. I don’t muse on the why of everything – the big purpose.
My birthday yesterday was a series of lovely simple acts from other people. I’ve only been here in Ballinamore for 8 months and some of my neighbours dropped in with gifts. My folks rang from Oz as did one of my brothers. Some of the local kids kept dropping in to see what else I’d been given. And I was invited up to one house where a few people had gathered with cake and tea and a lovely reindition of Happy Birthday. A lovely simple day full of understated moments.
In the past I would have spent time, money and effort on some sort of celebration – and I’ve loved doing it. I just seem to be drawn to making things simpler these days – although I’m not saying that I’ve given up creating celebratory moments.
As I get older I’m realising that I’m an introvert who taught herself how to be outwardly extroverted – to connect and socialise with people – to create celebrations that people enjoyed. I still love being with people – and – I’m simply passionate about being alone. I love it. In math terms, I think I’m an outlier. More and more I seek quiet and solitary spaces for myself – and it’s not a retreat – it’s simply being me. When I’m out and about it’s because I want to be and I really enjoy connecting and chatting with people.
So, simplicity is also about a paring back to the core of who I really am. It’s a kind of authentic honesty. I value me and I value the people in my life and work.
I’m simply me.