When simple fun doesn’t work for motivation, goals may help. Focusing on simple goals such as using our talents for good, being a good steward of our time and resources, and serving others especially those closest to us, helps.
For me, this means being a productive member of society and learning/ improving on a skill. It means getting rid of clutter and saying no to things/activities so I can focus on tasks more important to my family’s well-being. I know these things can go against the common goals of material success and being the best, but those goals are usually not the goals of those wanting a more simple life.
What goals help motivate you as you try to live a more simpler life?
They are human and I can’t put them on a pedestal as I had hoped, but I have a lot to learn from them. Their practices vary but community, but their strong work ethic, importance of community and family, practices of equality, spirit of cooperation instead of competition, and their non-material ideals all appeal to me.
Family and community gatherings and support, efforts towards equality such as same clothes and buggies, minimal focus on material things, together they lead to simpler living.
Will they be able to continue their ways as the world continues to change? Will we be able to use some of their ways, or are most of them impossible considering today’s circumstances?
I think it’s worth a try. Board games, shooting baskets,reading, good simple food, nature and conversation for entertainment. Simple clothes, home decor, toys, etc. Spending time with others that share common beliefs/ideals. Are the things we give up worth it? I think so.
What simple things do you like that the Amish do?
Goals, to do lists, good intentions. Unfortunately some days they just don’t work for me.
Some people use music for fun. I think I’ll start the day off doing something fun with my child. Today we did a little Monopoly Jr. instead of math.
When needed, I plan on reading a poem or scripture, reading about and enjoying a piece of art, looking out the window to find beauty in nature, and thinking of fun future plans. I’ll probably have my kids join me.
What helps get you going when you need some motivation?
It’s October, time for apples and pumpkins and Halloween. Time for pumpkin carving, the pumpkin patch/carnival, and park days with the kids to enjoy the cooler weather. Time for wearing fall colored clothing/accessories even if it’s still warm by us. And time for drinking pumpkin or apple teas/coffee. How are you enjoying October?