“When we crave simplicity, we are not after an easier life. We are after life.”
~ Dave Bruno
It’s funny that I should come across this quote today…then again… maybe it isn’t. You see, lately I’ve been stuck, teetering on a seesaw between what I ultimately want and having more. More of what I already have. I’ve gotten complacent. Living in a city isn’t really “good” for me. Life is easy here… perhaps too easy. The easy living feeds my lazy soul. We all know that slothfulness is one of the seven deadly sins. I could argue why it’s bad for you to be lazy or I could argue why my laziness isn’t hurting anyone so it can’t be that bad, right? But I’m not going to do that… because I’m lazy.
So…take my word for it when I say… living in a city isn’t good for me or my dreams. Somehow, in the hustle and bustle, I’ve begun to loose sight of the end goal. Yes… we moved here for work, but we also made the leap because it moved us closer to the “mountain dream”. I’ve shared with you all the dream of living off-the-grid… on our very own self-sustaining homestead. Our piece of heaven here in the Ozarks. There are a multitude of steps between here and there…and if I don’t get off the seesaw I’m never going to have heaven in the Ozarks.
When we moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri, we purged a lot of our possessions, but I still feel like we have too much. So its time to get back on track. Its time to focus. Its time to make a plan to start living simply NOW… so that maybe the dream doesn’t have to be so far off in the future.
Ultimately, that’s what I crave… the simple life. I crave a time when we don’t have to get up to an alarm clock. I crave a time when we don’t even have to live by the hands of a clock. When the sun is up we work… and when the sun is down we relax and unwind. I crave the simple and sweet satisfaction of working side by side with my husband… working for our family. I crave the satisfaction of feeding my family food stored from the harvest of my own garden. I crave a life where “farm to table” isn’t just a fad… but our way of life. I crave a time when I don’t have to worry about the meat on my table being bulked with hormones or fed an unnatural diet… because the meat on my table comes from our own land.
I know this life I crave will not be easy. I know many will not understand or support our choice. It’s not for everyone… but I crave a sweet, simple and sensible mountain wife life. What do you crave?