Posted: 16 Sep 2010 05:21 AM PDT
Basking in the early morning quiet, thoughts jumbled and uneasy begin to clear. Why this weariness of soul? Knowing that I am easily unnerved by visual disorder, I make a mental note to try to prioritize some organizational projects. Finding the balance between serving and caring for people and keeping the environment I serve them from clean and in order at times seems overwhelming. It is not the blessings of rich, satisfying relationships and the amazing abundance of family and friends that causes my struggle. Just the nitty gritty part of physically and practically making it happen.
Being faithful to live out today and be cooking and cleaning for tomorrow can be challenging, especially if seeking to keep a contented spirit and a purse from being emptied. I will confess there are times I just do not "feel" like paying the cost of living within my means. I will admit the thought of being able to hire a landscaper or bring in some cleaning help do drift in to my mind. (For those who are able to do this, I think it is great!) However, these are not my options and so I must rejoice in health and fortitude.
How easy it is for me to put too much emphasis on the "how" and to forget the "why." To focus on the cost and to forget the reward. The frugal life is not to be a weight but a tool to live out life with the dignity of living within my means. Some days are harder than others, but all days are a gift to savor and use well.
The gears were starting to click, and the joy of the frugal life began to return. Plans began to formulate and a menu started to take shape in my mind. The heart began to yearn for the visit of some guests coming over and the changing perspective got my body moving again. Yes, I would be weary by the end of the day, but a weariness with rich reward. There can be a cost to living within my means, but I'm willing to pay!
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