the new normal

i've been meaning to pass this post on for a lil while now - i came across the most beautiful post on simple lovely last month and bookmarked it; it was only yesterday while i was going through my bookmarks that it refreshed my memory and intentions. i'm just going to go ahead and quote it because i think she captures the notion absolutely.

joslyn says:
"I loved this piece entitled “The New Normal” from Tuesday’s All Things Considered... I've been thinking a lot about the idea of recalibrating our lives due to the economic situation and what specifically that means for my family (beyond the spending hiatus.) Call me an optimist, but I'm convinced that this period of re-thinking how we live, dialing back and becoming more mindful (whether forced or voluntary) will absolutely change our lives for the better.

My favorite line from the piece is the prediction that we will "drive smaller cars and live larger lives."

Larger lives…I like that."
sometimes i think, despite all of the hardships and job loss that this recession has caused, that a careful analysis and re-calibration of one's life is always beneficial and - provided that people actually stick with their resolutions - better for them in the long run.

take a moment today and read through the comments in both simple lovely and npr - i think that a lot of them tie in with the story of stuff so very well.

smaller cars and larger lives... i'll most definitely second that motion.

photos via victoria pearson


paula said...

I just love the images too.

Amanda Nicole said...

Truly inspiring. I've been finding myself subconsciously "dialing down" as well. Taking the time to be mindful and thoughtful is such a refreshing motto to live by!

carollai said...

love it! i want to take pics like that. :)

Julia said...

What a beautiful section to post here! This is really an alternation of how you function, what brings satisfaction and joy to your life!

Thank you, darling!

Tiffany said...

I couldn't agree more! I love this post!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos, and beautiful post! I love the red bicycle! :)

Art Kitten said...

I agree, I really hope that people do continue to be more mindful with their consuming as well, and don't go wild again when the economy picks up.

And gorgeous pictures, too!

linda said...

absolutely. and well said.

Anonymous said...

I hope she's right!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm all for stopping to reconsider what is 'normal' and scaling down the excess in our lives. Thanks for posting this!

PS~Erin said...

This is wonderful to read... We are recalibrating. It was forced on us with a layoff, but I have to admit that life is so good right now. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now. Aside from the no paycheck thing, everything is just so great. We've simplified and pared down. It's amazing the difference it's made in our attitudes and outlook. I'm so thankful. So with all that being said, I totally agree.


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