We watched a documentary about the Amish tonight. After watching it, I was convicted about the technology we used to watch it, and decided that next time we would have someone read us the manuscript of the program rather than using Netflix. Kidding. But I will say that outside looking in, I envy the Amish. They lead a simple life in which family, community, and the church holds the most sway over them. This goes without saying (I think) that God is the supreme decision-maker for them.
I am prompted to list (mentally) ways in which I might streamline or simplify my own life – ways other than moving to Lancaster County. Ways that would improve the quality of life for my family.
I think this force to simplify is what lead me to choose a career in education. I thought that I might find the simple life in the classroom with early quitting times (3:45), and only 9 months of work. This all didn’t pan out the way I hoped it would, but I still like my job overall. I’ve learned that there is so much more to simplifying than what you do for a living.
To sum up, I think I should say that you don’t have to be a farmer or teacher or whatever else to keep things simple. I think it all comes down to you being your own gatekeeper. I think I can learn from the Amish from the way in which they allow some new things in their lives and refuse others. It seems that I can learn to evaluate my decisions to do this or that or permit this or that in my life a little more.