“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits one-self, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchinson Murray
My dreams have gotten bigger as we have downsized, but I dream of small things.
This journey of downsizing has brought so many wonderful things to our lives. As I continue to learn how to live small, I realize how much bigger our life has become. Every decision is made with a thought of how it will affect our lives and the balance we now feel together.
I realize in my own work, I am with each passing day, clarifying more and more how I help others honor their own journey in their work. In such a short time, our expenses have reduced by half and our income has more than doubled. Our dreams have gotten bigger, and our lives richer. We have made no purchases, just richer days of being. Now, don’t get me wrong we still have our crazy times and things are very often a beautiful mess, but it is a different way to be.
I learned something valuable today, from a new friend and mentor. It is not in the delivery, rather in the small well crafted steps. As you read these pages, are you longing for something or thinking maybe you too should consider simplifying?
I spoke to two people yesterday, that I had never met, yet they both were looking for the same answer. Both were creators, one an author and the other an app developer. I met both, by simple proximity. They were in my path that day.
As I spoke to both, there was a theme. They were not sure what questions to ask me, but somehow knew I could help them. So we just started talking. I do this a lot, so it is really good for me to work from home, otherwise I would never get anything done! Our conversations led to the same place. They both wanted to share their creation with the world, but did not know how. They both needed a simple well crafted message to share how they can be of service.
As I learned from my new mentor and the one who started this journey, it is not in the tools grasshopper. (No, they did not say this, I just could not resist!) It is in the message and the steps. It is moving someone who needs to experience your creation towards you because it might help them with their journey. It is not about manipulation, it is about service.
This is what I think all creators need to keep in mind. You started with a passion to help someone, solve something, do something. Now, it is your responsibility to help others find you. It is a calling. You need to carefully craft your message, so that those who need you will find you.
It is the same in crafting a life. You need to carefully craft the things that make up your life, so that you can honor and nurture those things that allow you to create.
This day began in an unexpected way. I enrolled the boys in a private kindergarten program today. It is a much reduced schedule and the most nurturing of environments. I did this with much reflection and peace. I had thought homeschooling was the answer for Kindergarten, but I see for right now they need a little more and we are exploring what more means for them.
I decided we were all ready when I was reviewing one of my categories I am working on. It is “The Creator of the Good Life”, and one of those pieces was titled “Mama Bird”. As I have read that over a few times since I wrote it, I wondered if that was true? Was I letting them spread their wings a little and letting them fly, while protecting that journey? I needed to let them do this and they needed me to let them. Whoa!
Downsizing does this to you. You have time to see everything, and hear yourself think.
The categories are a project I started with my new life planning system, and as I get the hang of it more and more I work on another area I need to improve.
This brings me to my next project for the “Creator of the Good Life.”
It is to plan a small home of our own, where it will be is to be determined, but this little yellow house is speaking to me. Who knows, but imagery is important in crafting a life and so it will stay.
I told my husband that I want a small house with lots of love and space outside to breathe. What color will your happy house be? How big are your dreams?