The words of a famous writer Blaise Pascal always swim in my head as I launch another thought….
I am reflecting on why I started this blog. I have learned so much from our salesmen (for lullaby Embroidery) over the years (mostly how much I still have to learn). One of the things that stand out is the power of ‘soft sales’. This is what I want to do with my blog. My goal is ‘soft sell’ a simpler lifestyle. To get us all to think about what we can each do to make our lives more sustainable. Not just how to ‘save the world’, but how to save our lives. Wow, that is dramatic. Ok, maybe not LIVES, but how to be happier.
How I can be happier, how my family can be happier. THAT seems a little more attainable. STUFF does not make me happy. Being free from worry about what other people think makes me happy. Not worrying about keeping up ‘materially’ with other people makes me happy.
It was not an easy journey, and I have to admit, sometimes this doubt still creeps in, especially concerning how we are raising my son. He will not have the latest in fashion, he will not have ‘the coolest room’, he will not have the latest electronic gadgets. He WILL have a happy family life, with two relaxed parents who do not discuss money concerns. He will be surrounded with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends. He will enjoy simple home cooked meals, (THREE a day!) with all this company. He will have more of my attention as I will be working less (Yay!) and we will spend more time outdoors. He will play more basketball with his father, as he is also working a lot less. Life is not perfect, but so much better than in years past. It will be a struggle, but as with everything from riding bicycles, to learning Chinese (yeah, I think I am going to try it) to whatever else there is worthwhile to do, we will get better at it with time.
So as for the soft sell here, I hope that you are able to find a balance in your life as well. Get rid of the unnecessary. After all, what is a G (as in Second, Third, Fourth Generation), and how many does it really take to make us happy?
To anyone who read this……