We're fast approaching the Easter weekend, and it got me thinking about living simply. Regardless of your religious beliefs and whether or not Easter means more to you than just a few days off work, is absolutely fine. I'm not here to preach, so please be kind and acknowledge the fundamentals of gratitude that I'm sharing.
For me, Good Friday is about sacrifice and gratitude. The modern western interpretation of 'the day without meat' really bothers me. I hear people complaining about going without meat for one day, but finding comfort in knowing they can eat seafood. So many people run with the seafood idea, and before you know it, they're having a seafood extravaganza, and totally missing the point.
For me Good Friday, is a chance to stop and be grateful for all of the blessings we have. I also believe it's about keeping things simple, even just for the day. It's about spending time with loved ones, preparing simple meals and enjoying each other's company. Everyday that we spend living with a roof over our head, clothes on our back, fresh running water and food on the table we are better off than the majority of the worlds population. Stopping to remember this is vital for our own happiness.
I'm not saying that because there are people starving in the world, we should all go without dinner. It's more about taking a moment to reflect and live simply. As they say, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' , and going without prawns this Easter, might help you appreciate them that little bit more when they next grace your plate.
I'll be spending Easter 2014 with Michael, and my parents on and around the waterways near our home, connecting with Mother Nature and my loved ones.
This Easter I ask you to question why you choose the actions you take. Above all else, take a moment to practice gratitude and share the love with the special people in your life!
Do you believe that living simply for just one day will benefit you? Can you find gratitude when you make sacrifices?