This week has been busy, but ‘prioritized busy’ and that’s a good thing.
One of my goals this fall/winter with my little homeschooled ones is to take advantage of our area’s wonderful natural resources, namely the parks and trails. The Dayton area is rich in parks, namely MetroParks, a very well run organization of parks and recreation centers. They have just wonderful children’s gardens, classes, parks and trails. From what I’ve heard from people who have moved in to our area from other parts of the country, our town is very fortunate to have such nice parks.
While I rarely get lost while driving, my sense of direction goes haywire in the woods. Something about not being able to see the sky, I suppose. I thought it best to start on the ’bunny’ trails. Even so, we still got a bit turned around!! We hiked about 2 miles in the gorgeous weather. What fun to see so many people enjoying the trails, running, walking dogs or walking like us. Gotta do that more often!
Earlier in the week, I found myself in one of those buy-out discount stores, returning a gift. Usually, I’ll look for some basics to purchase when I know I’m going to get stuck with a gift card. I don’t want the burden of having to come back, so I try to spend it right then and there. My ‘usual’ list might include undergarments for the kids, socks, towels, sheets, whatever. Now I realize that I live in a capitalistic society and I’m proud of it….most of the time. As I looked around the store, I was struck by the over-abundance of….sorry here, but ‘crap’!
More and more…..
Who in the world uses all of this junk? Where do they put it when they’re done using it? I was actually feeling overwhelmed by all of the merchandise, seemingly useless for the most part. My goodness, to think that our society is a market place for such meaningless items just blows my mind. Honestly, I struggled to find something that I could use, however, in the end I found some coffee that looked interesting and also purchased a much-needed purse. Was I glad to get out of there!!!
While I don’t consider myself a radical for minimalism or simplicity, both concepts and/or lifestyles certainly have a lot to offer in terms of peace and sanity. How stressful it is to have to manage ‘stuff’ upon more ‘stuff’ all the time. There are soooooo many benefits of less! Less is more!
I hope I don’t sound self-righteous here, that isn’t my intention at all!!! I am a recovered shop-a-holic! Just making observations at this point of my life.
I also had the joy and priviledge to help serve the football team, cheerleaders and coaches dinner again this week. There is just something beautiful about feeding hungry teenagers! They are so grateful and the pay-off in terms of being involved in my teenage son’s life is immeasurable.
On to the best in blog world….
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Enjoy your Friday!