Hello, Bonjour, Hola and Yasas!
(Does that make me bi-lingual? 😉)
Simply Sarah is back celebrating the little things, enjoying the big things and having a natter along the way!
Don't you think it's good to seek simplicity? especially in a world of clicking and swiping! Loads of things have been simplified through time, but do you think simple things have actually been lost?
Let's chat about lost simplicity.
When was the last time you wrote a letter?
I'm talking actual pen and paper (Yes they do still exist!) and please don't say when you were finding pen pals at primary school! 🙄
It's so quick now to tap out a text, whizz out an email or even scribble over a photo and click send, but is it the same? My husband would question anyone bothering to write letters when technology exists!
And, my daughter recently asked me if I had a writing pad so she could start a letter, she wrote her address and then got bored! (I mean come on!)
I used to love writing to my late Nana, as soon as her curly written envelope arrived, I'd brew up, get comfy and read her letter. It still makes me feel all warm inside. (Aww)
You know that feeling when the postie brings birthday cards? that's how I felt, who doesn't want to feel loved?!
So do you think the simple art of letter writing has fizzled out?
Sadly I think so! Nowadays, we're so used to using our thumbs to communicate, that 10 minutes of actual writing is likely to bring on writers cramp!
Proper Phone Calls
Ever call someone for a catch up? I don't mean a quick call, I'm talking proper news and laughter filled phone calls!
I remember having to get permission to use the phone, I'm not kidding! Even then I was limited to a few minutes to avoid paying towards the bill!
(I realise how old this makes me sound but it really wasn't that long ago! Really!)
Anyway forget my age, my point is, having mobile phones means we can call anyone at anytime and yet we don't. It's easier to send a message and await the bleep of a reply!
Don't get me wrong, technology is amazing and convenient but I love a long phone catch up.
I challenge you to call someone this week and listen to their actual voice without an emoji in sight!
Go on you can do it!
Before you know it, a full hour will have passed without you even noticing, your ribs may hurt from laughing, you'll feel happier having chatted and you'll understand the value of a simple good old fashioned phone call.
Let me know how much better you feel!
(Unless you're one of those people who hate people...)
Do you eat together as a family?
Okay so eating in front of the tv with family is technically 'eating together' but you know what I mean!
We've definitely been guilty of habitual eating in front of the tv and simply setting the table used to incite a shoulder slump from my daughter! Once she'd get over the initial shock of being 'so formal' she'd chat her way through dinner, which of course is what we wanted.
Since having teenagers, I get the whole eating at the table thing!
It's about catching up, basic conversation in a world full of distraction.
After ten minutes of probing your child, whilst trying not to sound like a police officer, you'll be treated to nods and murmurs by way of a response!
But eventually they speak! and sometimes you even get to know what's happening in their lives!
We eat at the table more now, (okay so getting a new sofa was definitely an incentive...) and although I still sometimes eat in front of the tv, I enjoy sitting with my family and eating dinner together more.
Do you make time for free time?
Are you frowning and mumbling "What the hell is free time?"
I remember wondering what I used to do with my time before I became a mum!
My days were a chaotic web of work, play, chores and finally slumping in front of the tv an hour before I went to bed. (Survival basically!)
There was no time for free time! The only hour I had to myself was spent in a docile state of sloth-dom.
Now that I'm a parent of grown ups, I get free time! (Hallelujah!) I read, go for a walk, grab coffee with friends, it's great!
(Sorry if you're still mum-ing! - A new word I just made up)
Life is so busy and we're always doing something, but don't lose sight of simply breathing!
Whether its hiding from the kids to breathe for ten minutes (I suggest, the wardrobe, the car, the pub...) or enjoying a bubbly bath once they're finally asleep! Having time is important.
For your sanity.
How things have changed!
We definitely live in a time of simplification - mobile phones, online banking, mass production, things are changing all the time!
Think back to rationing, (personally I know about it but wasn't born ;) we're no longer forced to add vegetables to cakes because of rations. Now we actually choose to do it because it's trendy!
(I expect it's not even trendy to say trendy? Oh and now I'm thinking of cake...)
And most of us simply replace our clothes instead of having to make and mend! Maybe that's a bad thing? maybe it isn't? To be honest, if it was up to me to clothe my family, they'd be donning woolly hats and wearing blankets for toga's! Crocheting is all I can do!
So what do you think?
Are things more simplistic or has simplicity been lost?
Drop me a comment to let me know what simple things you miss?
Hi I'm Sarah!
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