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Five Minute Friday : WANT

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We recently had to move our stuff from a 2 bed room apartment to a storage and then squeeze our essentials in to four check-in bags and travel half way across the world. I thought three weeks was a good enough time to de-clutter, purge, donate and beautifully pack my stuff in boxes and label them and then have an inventory of them. Oh how wrong I was. As the deadline crept, and several trips to the donation center later, I realized that I had so much stuff.

You wouldn’t think that if you walked in my house. I’m very good at cleaning, purging and organizing. Or so I thought. In my head, I owned only minimal stuff, but in reality it was a little overwhelming. The good news is that the storage unit we rented fit all the things, and now that I’m on a temporary living having and buying just the essentials, I’ve started to seriously think about minimalism.

What we want is way out of proportion with what we need. Can we live with just the things we need? We most certainly can. Then why do we keep buying and hoarding all these things we want? Something to think about. I’ve begun my journey towards minimalism. It’s a long path, but I’m liking where this is going. I encourage you to think about minimalism too 🙂

This post has been written based on the Five Minute Friday prompt WANT on Kate Motaung’s Blog.

Reflect

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As I look back at 2015, I’m humbled and overwhelmed as I reflect on the following.

First, I’m reminded of the goodness of God! He has been an all sufficient God, providing for me and my family, keeping us sane through difficult situations, providing us guidance and wisdom in important decision making moments. His all-sufficiency has been overshadowing us throughout this year and for that I’m ever thankful!

Second, I’m reminded of His grace! Every moment I live, every step I take and everything I am, is by His grace. I’ve been reminded of this throughout this year through books I’ve read and sermons I’ve heard and personal experiences I went through. His grace was sufficient for me. Through the abundance of His grace, I’ve learnt to show grace to myself and others.

Third, I’m reminded of the memories we made together as a family, places we explored and new adventures we made together. You can find some of them under my Journal or Photography.

I’ve linked this with Five Minute Friday.

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Season

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Not until a few years ago when I moved to the US I really understood the term “Season”. I came in the heart of winter and I was saddened at the sight of the trees with no leaves. I wondered if they would always remain that way. Then in a few months, I started seeing colors, beautiful colors and then leaves.

Season to me is a Blessing. Because God said so:

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:27

The winter might be long, but you know that spring is coming. That is the beauty of seasons. One season goes away, and another follows. There is always hope. Hope for something better, something colorful.

I like the way how things are organized around seasons. This way, there is an opportunity to celebrate every season. There is a way to be happy in every situation in life. I can setup a flower garden in spring, explore beaches in summer, go biking in the fall and cozy up on the couch with hot tea in winter! 🙂

This post is linked to Five Minute Friday.

 

Learn

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Learning is an ongoing process. Like the air you breathe, the lessons you can learn are everywhere. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and complicated. Life’s lessons are learnt at the simplest moments.

However widespread the opportunity to learn might be, the most important thing you need is a teachable heart. If you are unwilling to learn then there is no point.

The more you learn, the more humble it should keep you. Not having the arrogance of the learned, but the humbleness to learn more.

The more you learn, the more you can share the knowledge.

Try and convert the learning into actions. If you learnt a new recipe try it, if you learnt about a good book, read it.

Above all, keep your minds open to new learning opportunities.

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Today I’m joining Five Minute Friday and writing on the word LEARN in 5 minutes.

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Try

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It is a three-letter word that has so many strings attached. I try to keep up with ironing, make a beautiful garden before the onset of fall, get the dishwasher loaded every night, hit the gym at least 3 times a week and so on. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. But I keep trying! Again and again. Till I attain perfection? Maybe not. But will I stop? I hope not.

I mentioned earlier that try has many strings attached. Well here are some:

Keeps you going. You set a goal and when you try to achieve it, it gives you something to look forward to.

Gets you one step closer to where you want to be. Your goals may be higher or farther, but trying gets you closer.

Never mind the outcome. Like I said, some days you win, some days you lose. But never mind the outcome and never trying.

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Today I’m joining Five Minute Friday and writing on the word TRY in 5 minutes.

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