I have a few ideas behind starting this blog.
First, what you will find here is simply a journal of me and my life. My intention is not to write about me the Waldorf teacher, but about me the mother, knitter, household manager, woman. I’ll post about things I like, links I’ve found, pictures I’ve taken, meals I’ve cooked, projects I’ve undertaken. Sometimes these will be less messy, other times they’ll be disastrous.
Second, what you will find here is definitely the less messy version of my life. If only my life were as simple as the pages of this blog will represent! My hope is to present the more inspiring parts of my life. I love the idea that as I keep my eye out for possible blog posts I’ll be paying attention to the more inspiring, beautiful parts and setting aside the messier moments.
Third, I believe that greater consciousness given to the less-messy parts will inspire me to create a wholly less messy life. I’ll go through my day asking, “Can I make this less messy?” The natural result will be a less messy life.
But what does less messy mean?
- Simplicity — Living simply is less messy. Sometimes it feels like things need to get a little bit more messy before they get less messy (isn’t it always that way). At first it’s hard to remember your reusable grocery bags but soon enough it’s in your habit life and those few cloth bags are infinitely less messy than the stash of plastic.
- Consciousness — Increasing awareness and thoughtfulness in daily interactions with others makes for a less messy life. Can you avoid forming judgments and opinions? Can you at least avoid insensitively sharing them? Can you think ahead of time how your words and actions might affect others?
- Care and Attention — If we give our thoughtful care and attention to all aspects of our lives things will be less messy. For me this concept is summed up by the Lego crunching in the vacuum. Taking the care and attention to pick up the Lego, find where it belongs and reattach it rather than letting the vacuum suck it up is much less messy than fixing a broken vacuum or comforting a disappointed Lego builder.
I’d love to read about others’ quests for a less messy life. Please comment and share!