Post by Contributing Writer, Rachael
Moving and putting down roots during this last year has made me realize that transition can be slow and expensive. Having values of simplicity and frugality have guided us to be slow and steady as we settle in. The result of this focus has been a constant reminder that patience pays off.
Webster defines the practice of being patient as:
- Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
- Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
- Not hasty or impetuous
As moms trying to live a simple life with frugality at our side, patience can be our greatest tool.
In my experience, each time our family waits for something we are blessed beyond our expectations. In the last year we were able to move into a home for half the cost of our last house. We were given a deep freeze, an item we had waited to purchase for over a year and recently we were able to purchase a vehicle in excellent condition for less than we had planned.
There are days where patience is not my first thought. When leftovers are getting thrown out because there isn’t enough freezer space, I am tempted to give in and spend whatever I have to accomplish my task. Then, I am reminded to weigh the need against the want and ask the questions: “Is there a better way? Can we wait just a little longer? Will patience pay off or is now the time to move?”
When I stop to ask questions it helps me put our family and our values at the forefront of my thinking. I am reminded that a life of simplicity allows us the time and energy to be together, to truly enjoy the community of one another. There is little joy better than this!
As our families transition from Summer to Fall, we spend more time indoors and feel the need for change. Remember the wise words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”.