The simple path

“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”

― Mother Teresa

(a simple lovely breakfast / Julie Cook/ 2015)

5 readily available ingredients. . .
eggs, simmered 6 minutes–preferably as fresh and organic as they come, hence an orange yolk
1 slice of bread, lightly toasted–preferably a nice little rustic slice
butter, a light unctuous spread of the real deal
sea salt
fresh ground pepper
and there, my friend is a meal fit for both king or pauper.

Simple, unadulterated, humble fare.

And please excuse that sound of retching in the background because when my aunt sees this picture,
she will begin to throw up as she does not like eggs–not the sight, sound, smell or taste
but we shan’t allow that to stop this particular thread of thought this morning, she’ll quickly scroll past the picture.

Now, back to where we were. . .

Simple fare.
Nothing frufru,
nothing fancy smancy
A soul satisfying plate of bare bones simple.
As in less is more.

As human beings we have grown greatly accustomed to making more from less
We think more, bigger, extravagant equates to better, perhaps even best.
We want to top this with that.
We vie to go beyond.
Often not knowing when to leave things be.
We perfect and perfect some more.
We build upon what was there striving to make it all so much more special, more grand.
Stopping is not an option let alone failing. . .
We examine, expand, explore. . .always being ready to fix and to add
We pile on while always going beyond.

Satisfaction is fleeting
Settling unheard of
Resting on laurels passe

Yet it is when we scale back
Strip things bare
Pare down
Slow down
Clean out
Throw out

Life becomes sweet, savory, pleasant, peaceful, complete.

So on this new morning to this new week, as life prepares to offer you a myriad of paths throughout a busy and most likely chaotic week, don’t be afraid or deterred when choosing your path– make the conscious decision to choose the simpler path. . .you just may be surprised that the choice of the simple and the less, in the end, is delightfully more satisfying.

5 comments on “The simple path

  1. Lynda says:

    How very true that the simpler path can be much more satisfying. Lots of wisdom here my friend!

  2. Luggage Lady says:

    Oh my — I LOVE everything about your brilliant Monday morning message!!! You’ve inspired me to pull Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance off my shelf for a quick review…Thanks too for the delicious recipe just in time for breakfast. 🙂 Cheers to a simple & satisfying week!!! 💕

    • I’ve got the same book—and it was so good. . .
      and when life gets crazy as it is now, I have discovered that there is so much joy is that which is bare bones simple—comfort to an overloaded soul!!
      Here’s to keeping it simple 🙂

  3. Like the Luggage Lady, I love everything about this wonderful post! But I don’t have the book you both have. I have read some quotes by her that I really like so I shall have to look for her book. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  4. David says:

    That breakfast looks wonderfully inviting Julie!

    We started to declutter but …. it takes time. Time we don’t seem to have. Marilyn did get some more decluttering done last week in preparing the house for Beth and her team staying here but we only ever seem to scratch the surface. Yet when we go on holiday we often stay in quite small places (e.g. a cabin the size of a double garage in Sweden) with very little equipment, furniture or possessions, – and we survive quite happily!

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