Once again, it was another mad rush of a holiday season. New Year’s Resolutions are probably broken or forgotten. There’s a good chance our goals have been compromised. Decorations and lights are now crammed away in storage. However, I realized something different this year. Even before the stores started stocking up for Christmas during the month of July, a familiar theme seems to be crying out to be noticed:
The Return to Simplicity
Think about it . . .
*Why was the original Nintendo system the hottest consumer item?
*Turntables and albums are now once again cool to own.
*Coloring books are everywhere!
*”Settlers of Catan” continues to be the most popular board game in the world.
*A few months ago, children and adults were clamoring to get outside, interact, and experience the nostalgia of “Pokeman Go.”
*The Minimalist Movement continues to pick up momentum and membership every year.
*”Tiny Houses” – one of the most popular cable shows, and the downsizing trend is picking up steam.
Could it be we need a break from all the screen time? Has the frantic pace of life finally worn us out? Why upgrade to a new phone or game system? It will easily be replaced with a newer model in 1-2 years, if not sooner.
Are you concerned because you can’t keep up with the Jones’? Don’t worry, last I heard The Jones’ have moved, defaulted on their payments, and filed for bankruptcy.
I’ve enjoyed board games ever since I was a kid. I took notice this year how much fun we had playing games instead of watching a game or movie on television. The results of simply gathering around a table were conversations, laughter, seeing the competitive side of people, smack talk, formed and broken alliances, occasional higher level thinking, strategies revealed, and the gift of being present with one another.
Give it a try: Slow down. Go back to a hobby that you use to lose track of time over. Create something. Draw or paint. Play a game with your family or friends. Get together with someone instead of texting them. I think you’ll be surprised, and want more of jumping on the simplicity bandwagon.
” . . . In quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
” . . . Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)