Imagine returning home from a shopping trip to find your house leveled! That’s just what happened to a couple in Michigan. A demolition crew was given the wrong address, and all that remained of a grandmother’s old home was a cement slab.
If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don’t even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to leave. But because I hope, above all, to leave a lasting legacy.
Do you rush out to buy new or have you learned the art of making do? My husband’s hometown is a village where thrift reigns. The people there have long been used to making do. The current trend toward simplicity and frugality is so normal for them, they would ask “Is there any other way?”
As the sun wanes in the western sky the cool evening air beckons to all Italians everywhere to take to the streets – for la passeggiata. Young and old, and in between – it’s time for the evening promenade.
Some time ago I discovered this video and story it recounts of a simple fisherman really spoke to my heart. Because in talking with people I see more and more that many are dissatisfied with life. Either they don’t like the direction their life is going, or feel their life is directionless. And I think it’s because we sometimes lose track of what’s really important.
Hubby and I have pretty much always followed the Mediterranean diet since moving to Italy. Because it’s so healthy, but also delicious! And you might want to give it a try too. Especially right now, because so many of us don’t get enough movement! Have you ever thought of doing trying it?
When I explain how our years here in Italy have taught us to slow down, enjoy life, and have even more time for all that we love, I find many who want to escape the stress and frazzled nerves (or the sometimes meaningless treadmill) of the fast lane. We want a meaningful life that counts for something and one that we can truly enjoy.
In Why I Don’t Own a Smartphone I stated that my decision to not get one was a matter of ethics. Because I believe my faith and ethics should extend to every area of my life, and not only those traditionally viewed as spiritual. So have I reversed my stance? No, and with God’s help I hope to never do so.
I’m probably among the few people, practically anywhere, with no Smartphone. And people often wonder why, so I explain that for me it’s a matter of ethics. Ethics that extend to my shopping and use of technology. Because I believe that my faith should guide every area of life, including those.