July 2019

Simplifying our Lives

Simplicity is an important part of a balanced life. Our lives tend to get busy, complicated, stressful, and overwhelming. We fill up our calendars with obligations and activities with barely enough time for ourselves and others. Yet no matter how well intentioned our activities and commitments are, we can rethink and prioritize them.

We can think of ourselves as an architect designing a beautiful living structure. What changes would help to create a more balanced life? We can ask ourselves: Are our days balanced? Do we allow enough time for exercise and relaxation? Or are we caught up with too much work and maintenance? Simplicity means taking charge of our lives and putting ourselves back on track. We can simplify our schedule so we don’t have to focus on multiple tasks at the same time. We can keep the commitments that are important and remove those that drain our time and energy.

Living simply means eliminating the non-essentials and spending time doing what’s truly important to us. Simplicity becomes the clarity we need to find meaning in our lives. And it’s often in the simplest things where we find true joy and happiness.

"Life is really simple, but we
insist on making it complicated."


The American Rocking Chair

Ask any antiquarians and there is no doubt that the rocking chair is purely American in origin. Historians can trace the rocking chair back to North America during the early 1700's where they were originally used as garden chairs. Though Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with the invention of the first wooden rocking chair, historians have varying opinions on the validity of the historical evidence to support the claim.

By the end of the 18th century, rocking chairs were the most common type of outdoor porch furniture in America. The rocking chair soon became a mainstream household object and an expression of the American fondness for comfort. Many find rocking chairs soothing because of its unstressed position and angle, giving one the ability to effortlessly rock back and forth by either shifting their weight or pushing lightly with the feet. Through the years, Americans have associated the rocking chair with peace and relaxation, while others declare that the rocking chair epitomizes our national spirit of restlessness – even when sitting, we always want to keep moving!


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