In the wake of “Black Friday” I feel like ranting about materialism and excess. Instead I’ll simply share with you this quote gleaned from Worldchanging:
Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition. It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life. It means an ordering and guiding of our energy and our desires, a partial restraint in some directions in order to secure greater abudance of life in other directions. It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.
We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day. Time spent with Matt and the kids, my grandma, my parents, my brother and his family, and family friends. A Thanksgiving dinner that included chicken and sweet potatoes from our farm.
We also celebrated my birthday, which is coming up this week. It was one of the nicest birthdays I’ve had. Simple gifts – a cookbook, a couple of Christmas movies, some scrapbooking supplies. We took the kids to the 5:00 showing of “Chicken Little” at the Watts Theater – check out the pricing – and then back to my parents’ house for cake and ice cream.