V is for Value.
But in this case I’m not talking about things of monetary value (although that could be part of it) and I’m not talking about moral and ethical values. Instead, I’m asking what regular, everyday things do you value? What people, relationships, experiences, feelings, rituals and belongings do you hold dear?
Or put another way, if you removed everything that didn’t matter – the clutter, the complications, the drama, the ‘shoulds’, the guilt – to get to the very core of what is essential to you, what would remain?
Perhaps, like me, you value:
- chatting over a coffee with your partner?
- quality time spent with your kids – as opposed to ‘busy’ time?
- reading good books?
- travelling – locally and abroad?
- listening to good music?
- afternoon naps?
- work that satisfies you?
- helping people?
- the din of a house full of family and friends?
- time spent on your health?
- time spent alone?
Whatever your answers, I want you to know that these things matter.
Yes, they may seem trivial when viewed as part of the Big Picture. Frivolous. Selfish even. And I can tell you they certainly don’t make up the majority of my day. That privilege goes to…housework.
But I think these little sparkles are the jewels in life.
- Embracing afternoon naps will not change the world – but will change your day.
- Listening to music will not stop climate change – but it does refill your creative fuel tank.
- Travelling does not cure disease – but it opens your mind and heart.
If we’re simplifying in order to find a better way of life, don’t you think we should try and include more of these things we value? What are we doing it for if not to have at least the opportunity for more of these moments?
Life is, after all, for living.