This morning I almost put on the same ol' thing. Those yoga pants. Now, I do do yoga. I love yoga. Highly recommend it if you haven't tried it before. It calms the entire self, inside and out. Therefore, I see it fine that I own a pair of yoga pants. I have several pairs if you must know. If you don't do yoga and fall into the habit of wearing these comfy pants, I won't tell anyone. So, I was mulling over what to put on after I decided against the usual mom-look, and settled on my khakis. I also have several pairs of those. They go with every color, right? You wonder where I'm going with this .... here we are.
Every now and again I pick up my copy of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I don't recall the last time I read an entry but today's reading was spot on. Mainly about fashion and defining your own style, but its lesson carries further. To who you are and who you want to be.
It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliot.
Simplicity is a fashion statement every woman today can make no matter what her personal style has been in the past. That's because true simplicity never disappoints. Once you learn that less is more, then enough becomes plenty, and your entire outlook on life - including fashion - is transformed.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach.
She encourages the reader to purge closets and keep what you really wear, will wear, etc. I'm guilty of having a closet filled with clothes I never wear and a clean sweep mindset comes over me now and again to bag it all and donate so someone else can actually wear clothes. If you take it further though, and put the idea into your life, perhaps your needlework stash, yarn hoards ... then you can easily see that less IS more. You can certainly live with less than you have. I certainly love adding to my stash of various collections just like the next person but it is wise to cut yourself off from excess. Sounds like Lent.
I'm in a new bible study on Matthew and only now at the age of 43 do I fully understand the reasoning behind giving something up for Lent, the knitty gritty of how Jesus lived in the desert during those 40 days of temptation and never once, gave in to Satan. It wasn't easy but he did it. Growing up Baptist we didn't give anything up for Lent. I've been Methodist for over a decade and again, only now, do I get it.
Re-reading the scriptures in the book of Matthew and having an awakening within to the power of fully giving up something you desire for this period moved me beyond words this spring. So I decided to give up diet coke for the last week of Lent even though I was coming late to the game. I chose diet coke because that's my vice and even though I drink far less of it than I used to, it's still my only go-to soda of choice. I don't buy it in the house anymore but will have it out at restaurants and just the option of having it is a silly comfort. So giving it up just this week has been very, very difficult for me. Going back to Breathnach's words, "once you learn than less is more, then enough becomes plenty, and your entire outlook on life ... is transformed." Get it?
Hold fast your faith. It keeps you grounded and mindful of what you really need.