The past few months have been a time of retreat and introspection for me. Periodically, I like to step back from my life and process my current circumstances. Occasionally these periods of reflection lead to great changes. This time, however, I’m quite happy with the way things are.
Since eliminating our consumer debt in August of 2011, Kirk and I have more flexibility in our working lives. I’m able to choose projects I want to work on and Kirk can choose work that’s a good fit for him. We don’t have to force ourselves into unsavory work or projects to pay creditors.
It’s a freeing feeling.
I now have the opportunity to spend more quality time with my kids and have even been reading quite a few books for pleasure. Getting a homemade dinner on the table is rarely a problem and we’ve been enjoying more downtime together as a family.
At first, I thought I would want to travel extensively with our newfound freedom. What I’ve found is we’re pretty content with our little laid back lives here. We still enjoy a family trip in the summer, but extensive travel seems to have lost some of its appeal.
Perhaps that means I don’t feel the need to escape from my life anymore?
There have been simple pleasures to relish instead. Like the bike path that was extended near our home. We discovered it by accident while on a family walk a couple of weeks ago. What a delightful surprise to find a beautiful, winding path nestled in the magnificent fall foliage.
It’s appreciation of the small and unexpected blessings in my life that have dominated my attention lately.
Did they just show up? Doubtful. I was just too wrapped up in earning-spending-accumulating-regretting that I didn’t pay attention to the small joys in my life. These days, I find myself much more mindful of all that I have to be grateful for.
If you’re hoping to free yourself from consumer debt, too many commitments, or any other life-sucking predicaments, start today. Do something small each day to break off a small piece of what keeps you stuck.
Nothing great happens overnight. But small steps in the right direction — over a period of time — will lead you to the place you wish to find yourself.
Don’t wait another day.
Life keeps moving whether you’re working toward freedom, or burying yourself deeper into some form of slavery. Choose the former.
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