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Monday, January 9, 2012

Journeying

By: Notes From The Frugal Trenches

Yesterday I posted my 1000th post on my blog. 1000 "essays" over the last 3.5 years about this journey. This downshifting, simplifying, greening, frugal journey. A journey which has seen me:

Give up paper products
Use reusable toilet cloth (as opposed to toilet paper)
Leave a corporate city job
Learn to cook
Give up tv
Begin shopping locally
Really commit to vegetarianism
Learn to reuse and/or refuse
Learn to knit
Use a vermicomposter
Move countries
Commit to cleaning without pesticides
Volunteer overseas
Become more passionate about Fairtrade
Learn to say no to things which don't reflect my/our values
Adopt two children

But honestly, it is more than all that. I could list 1000 things I've done since beginning this life, this new more simplified, frugal and green path. But here's the truth, the most important thing I've learned through the 1000 posts is to be still and to walk in grace, not only towards others, but towards myself too. That tender dance of stillness and grace means more than learning a frugal recipe or saving money on my utility bills. It is a dance that allows me to only see the beauty in a moment with my children, when other stresses and strains are hard to keep quiet. It is the dance which lets me know the importance of hope in a world where messages are often of doom.

1000 posts of journeying have led me to standing still. And from my still space on a very cold wintery morning, the frugal, simple and green life looks like a grand one, the world looks postively beautiful. The noise is shut out and the stillness is let in.

May we all journey well in 2012. May we all journey towards a place called simplicity. May be journey not as if in a race, but as if on a path with lots of forks, twists and turns, all leading you just where you need to be. All leading towards a quiet moment and a little sound whispering hush.

5 comments:

Liz said...

Stillness. Much needed here this morning, thank you.

The Smiths said...

Sounds like a great journey - Well done!

Kay :)

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Simplicity, what a concept. How did we get so complicated so detached from those who grow our food? 2012 is a great time to move forward.

Stoney Acres said...

Well done!! 1000 posts shows a great commitment to blogging and recording the changes in your life style. 1000 represent a lot of work on your part to help share your journey. Thanks!!

Frugal Down Under said...

Stillness, hush and mindfulness is what I aim for.

In 3.5 years I hope to be a bit more like you, I am still in the busy corporate world saving those pennies to pay my bills. My small steps are becoming bigger.

Thank you for a thought provoking post.