Canada Challenge Update:
Living simply sounds so simple, hey?!
For my family and I it's been a constant source of inspiration and challenge over a number of years. For instance, when our kids were little, we instigated a weekly "Rice night". For that one dinner a week we only ate rice and then with the money we saved, the kids determined where they wanted to donate it. I think it's fair to say the luster of that particular idea wore off after a few weeks, to the point I often chose not to eat anything! But it was really helpful for us as a family to not only remember how fortunate we were, but also that there were so many people around the world for whom a bowl of rice was an absolute luxury.
Since then there have been other ways we've tried to live more simply but learning to be generous (no matter if we feel like it!) has actually deepened and expanded us. We've nurtured so many new relationships through trying to be hospitable and creative in simple living. It's allowed us to create a new lens to consider satisfaction and gratitude. When we learn to be content, gratitude has grown and amazingly, gratitude leads to cheerful giving.
We don't have it all sorted. In fact new jobs and increased incomes has made it harder. But our commitment to living life in a way that stretches us and creates new opportunities is something we're committed to because we've experienced the joy and zest of simplicity and it's sister, generosity.
May you enjoy the journey.