Less is Best: 30 Days of Abundance

Welcome to 30 days of Abundance, Day 4. I’m delighted that you are here. Today, I want to share a special message that came to me from my friend, Helen. She practices simplicity and calmness in her life. First, watch my video.

Less is Best

Keep it simple Doing with less is usually the best way to go.

Become a minimalist by reducing the clutter in your life and taking a simplistic approach in everything you do.

Your AHA Moment

You are amazed at how freely you can move about when your head is clear.


Helen’s Message:

I find that thinking and living with uplifting thoughts and things are important to me during these unsettling times.  I find comfort in seeing the primroses planted outside my door….they greet me when I come home and say goodbye to me when I leave for my walks.  

I planted a little Christmas tree that the hospice brought to Shuzo during the holidays. It reminds me of the inner strength he had facing his last days with grace and courage. Hopefully, the tree will flourish in his memory.

I planted the daffodil bulbs that Coldwell Banker hands out in a planter just outside one of my sliding glass doors.  They serve as a reminder to me that things that are nourished and cared for will prosper and bloom.

Lastly, I was able to bring one of my orchids to a second blooming.  This is something I have not had much success in doing. Just looking at this orchid makes me smile and for some reason, it makes me feel good about myself.

All of these simple things add to the quality of my daily life.  While they are not earth-shattering, they are enough to lighten my spirit and helps me cope with the distressing news that bombards us daily.

Helen and Kay

Share Your Thoughts

What did you learn from Helen’s message? What does Less is Best mean to you? As always, please post comments and ideas below in the comments section below. We all grow by sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.

Tomorrow is Sunday

I won’t be posting tomorrow. I need preparation time to come up with good content for you for next week. See you on Monday.

Sleep in everyone!


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Comments

Sue Willey
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I truly related to Helen’s letter and it helped to clarify how I’m spending my time now staying home. I’m truly noticing Spring flowers and buds, more than usual. I feel gratitude every day for my home, and for my husband who is the best possible person for me to be sharing this journey with. I have felt bad because I’m not getting more accomplished with this extra time! – but thanks to Helen, have realized I am doing a lot of little, very enjoyable things that make me happy … which is very valuable with all the uncertainty in our lives today.

KayHirai
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Sue, I’m glad to hear that you are living with gratitude daily. I will forward your comment to Helen. Hope to see you before too long.

Bridget Swanson
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Hi Kay: I’ve been enjoying your posts every day. Thank you for coming up with this idea and doing it even though you were scared. It gives me courage to push forward with things I’m afraid to do. I liked today’s letter. We all have time now to slow down and reflect on what is important in our lives, including having time for small joys like a container of flowers!
Kind Regards, Bridget Swanson ( Studio 904 client)

KayHirai
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Hi Bridget, thanks for your comment. It means a lot to me. I’m wondering how you are doing. I’ve been going to New Seasons early in the morning hours. Keep safe and hope to see you soon.

Michele Aoki
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I agree with Helen. I have been on a journey of seeking simplicity since about the 1990’s. I bought books like “Simple Living” and thought about ways to simplify things in my life.

For the past few years, I’ve been dealing with a lot of “clutter” — both my/our clutter at home (in our garage, our home, our storage unit) and in my parents’ home as we prepared the transition for selling it. I have benefited from asking for help (professional organizer) — and it was money well spent.

In the spirit of “less is best,” I have not yet embarked on complicating my life by starting new gardening projects — even though I know I could enjoy the results (and possibly the process). Instead, for now, I enjoy the flowers and trees and bushes that I encounter as I walk in my neighborhood. I take pictures, which creates a little motivation or goal to get me out every day.

For the past three months, I’ve been photographing the album pages in about 19 thick photo albums from my dad’s life and trips that I have been storing in my garage, then storage unit since 1996 when my stepmother sold their house. Less is more. I don’t need all the deteriorating paper albums taking up multiple shelves (or storage bins). Now I can enjoy the scanned pages and find ways to share special pictures with relatives or friends online. I thought I would never get this done. But I did. And it feels wonderful.

KayHirai
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Wow, Michele, you’ve been busy! You have been going through big changes. I hope your simplified life will bring you more peace and open up your head space to go forward with what you love and makes you happy. I know you will!

Karen
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Hi Kay
Thank you and Helen for sharing her letter. it is quite uplifting and we need more of this whilst we hear such terrible daily news. stay well ! kx

KayHirai
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Hi Karen, I’m glad that you liked Helen’s message. I’m glad that Helen is such a sharing person. Have a wonderful day!

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