When it all gets a bit much, I like to try and get back to basics. And last week I heard the most beautiful summation of this need. You probably already know it: Fetch wood, carry water.
It cuts through the busy-ness and the monkey mind and reminds us what is needed, here: today. It also reminds me that sometimes even my calls for simplicity are too complex! This is my t-shirt slogan of the week. And it will inform my activities today, firewood being a vital part of my daily routines at this time of the year.
Before I head out and stack wood (*message to self: wear work gloves! Why flirt with acquiring more splinters in my fingers … I’m currently nursing one on the ring finger of my right hand … OH how painful the o’s!) I will share a bunch of links with my fellow geeks. Strangely, this serves to simplify my thinking. It clears my desktops, literally and figuratively.
Here’s a lovely blog post about simplifying … it’s about satisfaction with a mediocre life (which doesn’t actually seem all that mediocre!)
Paradoxically now: some coveting. Check this out … it’s a marble run that makes music. Want!
This is a post from the Australian organisation called “baby in mind” and it is a list of books they recommend as relieving parenting anxiety. LOVE!
Something completely different: a long essay by the amazing Elisa Albert (who wrote the mind-blowing After Birth) and this is about ambition. It kicked my bum, a wee bit.
Now a reminder from Mothering magazine, that harsh parenting will lead to worse behaviour from kids, later. Even the picture breaks my heart a wee bit. And here is a splendid resouce that might break your heart a wee bit, too. It’s a teaching video from the University of Washington’s iLab, thanks be to Jean Clinton for sharing it.
Here is an open letter to husbands from the Huffington Post – there is a break coming when you’re 67 – and THIS from Scientific American reminds us that most adults are spending more time on their digital devices than they think (want your kids to unplug? Do it your damn self!!) Super important, y’all. Here is an article from the Independent in the UK linking toddler’s poor sleep patterns to touchscreen devices. Holy ding dong. What the heck?
I think that’ll do for now. Time for some wood stacking. And gratitude for functional indoor plumbing, so that the second half of the “Fetch Wood Carry Water” mantra is theoretical only.