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Journey 3 Day 38 – Less is More

 

After a week of silence on this blog and ceasing to speak (apart from 2 other people speaking in the form of short films) I am returning to break my silence.

I’ve had time to stop, think, process, reflect and try to learn a little of the art of patience, waiting and ceasing to speak. Its been good and also quite hard at times. But I’m glad to agree that Less is More. Quality over quantity is something I don’t always find easy to do, but it really is a virtue…. patience and humility are to.

So it all fits well that my reading today (Thanks to trains and coffee shops) was Brian Drapers rather brilliant book called ‘Less is More‘. Its simplicity and profundity is brilliant. It reaffirms the important things I was learning through my simplicity journey and doing consumer detox.

Its a book that explores the importance of building rhythms into our lives that allow us to cherish life in all its fullness. To seek to be more alive by being more fully present in each moment and to allow gratitude, imagination, creativity and discovery and many more wonderful things into our lives. A deep Yes to contentment. Summed up well with this verse from Philippians.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

And so with work, birthdays and other things to be involved with this weekend, My journey exploring humility is almost at an end. I am thankful for the space to have both contemplated and also aspired to humility. May it be the springboard to a deep rooted and genuine generosity… Generosity being my 4th journey starting on Monday 30th April.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in birthday, Humility, Journey 3

 

Journey 1 Day 33 – Cakes

A great day. The joys of creating a great Bakewell for me and many others to enjoy, as well as sapling other amazing home made cakes for a colleagues birthday. The beauty and brilliance of shared experiences and time with some really fab people.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in birthday, Food, Journey 1

 

Journey 1 Day 21 – Celebrations

Today its my amazing and beautiful wife’s birthday. It has provided some great opportunities to express some creativity in terms of plans, celebrations and presents.  There is also the opportunity to create quality time as an immediate family and time with family and friends. Our younger son has become very taken with Wallace and Grommit so it was great to be able to make a Grommit cake (with some key help from Hazel) as part of the plans for a birthday tea!

Having completed the Rice and Beans Challenge it was also nice to have that freedom to be able to make choices again about what to eat. Something I know all to easily I take for granted… and to be honest have already started to take for granted even after this week. However I did approach todays choices with a definite sense of gratitude and thankfulness that so often I easily forgot to really do!

But today is a day not for so much reflection but celebration and gratitude for family and the many blessings and joys of life.