The below picture is NOT of Quakers. It’s of Amish. Not the same, but Amish doesn’t start with Q and most Quakers can’t be picked out of a crowd based on their dress. My bad. Being original with Q was difficult!
Here in Pennsylvania, there are many small towns and countryside communities that are populated by Amish. Tourists and visitors seem to be fascinated by them…and I sort of am, too.
As many of the comments on yesterday’s post confirmed, we’re living at a time when people are completely overwhelmed with choice. Combine that with rapidly advancing technology that allows us to have this conversation via blog, yet never see our neighbors face-to-face, and life can seem to wiz by at noisy, swift, disconnected pace.
You might wonder…would a different, more simple lifestyle make me less stressed?… happier?…more appreciative? Would it put my mind at peace?
The Amish represent simplicity and old-fashioned living. Their communities are tight, with neighbor helping neighbor. Family members share the same values, beliefs, and morals. They don’t worry about the latest fashion trends, gas prices, or whether the Internet is down for maintenance. Heck, they don’t even have to be concerned about gas prices.
If you’re looking for a simpler, less complicated life, there’s no need to trade in your car for a horse and buggy. You don’t have to make our own clothes or milk your own cow. Instead, simply take the time to question the pace of your life. Is it too fast? Are your days filled with meaning, or are they just consumed by a bunch of noise?
Is your life moving by at lightening speed? What can you do to slow things down?