Simplicity & Order {The Rhythms of an Amish Life}

 

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus. ~ Ann Voskamp | LydiaGlick.com #write31days #31AmishDays

Photo credit Julie Lea Waldron

I often hear myself and others saying “I wish life would just slow down. Everything’s just so complicated and chaotic.”

It’s one thing for us to decelerate life while on vacation. But freeing our lives of tumult and clamor in the everyday – that is entirely another story, and it can be exceedingly difficult to accomplish.

But if there’s anything thing the Amish people do abundantly well, it’s this. They’re masters of the rhythm of a simple and orderly life.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacher

Can you remember the last time you spent the day in a place still and quiet enough to hear the grandfather clock chime every hour, and the clip-clop of horses hooves on the road as a buggy passed by? Have you ever sat down at the kitchen table with your family to savor a home cooked meal for breakfast, lunch AND dinner every single day of the week? Or enjoyed the beauty of talking with your spouse, family or friends for the evening, without television, internet or telephone stealing away your focus from the people you love and care for? My Amish family can answer any of those questions with a hearty “yes”.

The goal is not to live poorly but to live richly in the things that really matter. | LydiaGlick.com #write31days #31AmishDays

Photo credit Kathryn Dienner

So how do they do it?

Simplicity begets order. Take away the “need” and the desire to keep step with modern society, and things begin to look very different.

Simplifying life requires deep conviction, firm resolve, unyielding discipline, strength of character, and a decision to live intentionally. When these things are in place, we won’t be tossed to and fro with every gust of societal wind that blows our way.

Through their intentional lifestyle, the Amish people have removed the beast of consumerism from their homes and lives. And as a result, things are simplified and there is capacity for order.

Today, I want to learn from my Amish family by thinking about one step I can take in the direction of intentional living, and then act upon it.

~ Justina Dee

Thank you for joining me as I join the #Write31Days challenge, and share things I’ve learned from my Amish family. You can read other posts in my series by clicking here. 

Special thanks to Julie Lea Waldron and Kathryn Dienner for the beautiful photos from Lancaster County, PA!

Link: Thoughts from James Watkins on Living Simply & Richly 

5 thoughts on “Simplicity & Order {The Rhythms of an Amish Life}

  1. Justina, this is such a great post. Intentional living and focused time on those we love and care about leads to fulfilling relationships and a joyful life. Thank you for posting this!

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