Simplicity is a blessing! So this year, in honor of Thanksgiving, I am going to list some of the things that I am thankful NOT to have.
1. A television. I am not bombarded with images of lavish lifestyles, advertising, and politics.
2. A large wardrobe. I don’t need to worry about storing all of my clothing, and I never agonize over what to wear.
3. A cluttered house. Housework is no longer the main activity that our family does together.
4. A new car. I don’t have to make large monthly payments in order to keep up with the Joneses.
5. A modern, high-tech kitchen. Clean-up takes minutes, nothing piles up, and nothing breaks.
6. My own cell phone. There are plenty of times when nobody can contact me, and that suits me just fine.
7. A stressed-out child. Because we keep her schedule simple and have the time to give her lots of attention, she is content and (for the most part!) well-behaved.
8. A Facebook account. I now have more free time and stronger friendships, because I gave up this shallow replacement for actual interaction.
9. A long Christmas list. Because we focus on having fun, over having a mountain of presents, I can enjoy the season without the stress.
10. A full schedule. We’re not busy. And we like it that way.
What are you thankful not to have?