My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


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Monday, June 7, 2010

Seeking to BE at peace and to LIVE simply

For 20 years I lived as a minimalist. From the age of 20 to 40 I was part of an intentional community/Christian ministry where we did not own much of anything. The money we made in our businesses was pooled to care for us all and to support our programs to feed the poor and provide shelter for homeless women and children. We also had various other ministries. We were provided for in a very simplistic manner. Didn't own anything really. We had room and board and clothes and enough personal belongings to fill one large room. Birthdays and Anniversaries we were allowed 30.00 for a gift. Christmas was another amazingly small amount to spend on each family member. Our meals were cafeteria style. It was a life we felt called to. It was a life that was meaningful. I was happy with such a little amount. My life was not about things or money.
 We left that ministry about 20 years ago. Our life has not been about money or things this past 20 years either, but we have made money and paid bills and accumulated a certain amount of things. Many of these things we don't really need. Now we are coming back  to a place of wanting to return to a more minimalistic life. This time it will be done on our terms. So, we are working on getting rid of all that we can do without. Our instruments, computers, TV and such will stay. WE are down to one car again, but have some work to do to get down where we want to be concerning our other material possessions.

I've been reading about these tiny houses or small houses and really like the idea. We live in a parsonage now but we are heading towards our time of retirement. A small house would be all we'd need. We'll see. I guess I'm just seeking to simplify my life all the way around. Peace, JLD

4 comments:

Kathy M. said...

I've always enjoyed living simply. I think there's grace in that. Once, years ago, my goal was not to own more than could fit into a Ford Pinto.

Sandra said...

Have you seen the 1,800 square foot cabins that are sold for hunters cabins, tourism, etc.? There are some down near Damascas area.

jeanne leigh said...

Kathy, that is awesome. Yes. I want to pare down to very little STUFF. It is amazing how you can acquire so much STUFF in 20 years. But, I'm working on it and it feels so right! Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week.

jeanne leigh said...

Sandra, Hi! Great to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. No, I have not seen these. They sound just like what we'd love. What else do you know about them? We need to talk:) Blessings! Have a lovely week!!