Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to Basics

It is a simple task to make things complex, but a complex task to make them simple.
-Meyer's Law

It was a great vacation, but it was time to come home. So we packed up the mini-van, bought some healthy snacks (apples, red peppers, a variety of raw nuts and I even found some organic beef jerky!) and hit the road back to Toronto.

The overnight drive was relaxing and the kids slept the whole way (they were exhausted). Rozanne and I got to reconnect a bit on the 9 hour drive. All-in-all, it was a great trip.

So now we're home with a new perspective on life. It's funny, but when you pack to go away - especially packing for yourself and 4 kids - you seem to only bring what's necessary.


Why don't we just live with the basics of life instead of having an abundant amount of "stuff" that we don't need or choose to hold on to for "sentimental" reasons. This trip, was about the basics - in everything. (Which sounds weird because we were in NYC, which is a place of abundance).

We really didn't go "shopping". We chose high quality foods and didn't over indulge on what was available to us. We lived with our basic clothing needs.

Even our workouts were done with basic movements either in our hotel room or outside with no equipment whatsoever. In fact, my workouts over the past 10 days consisted of 2 exercises...a pistol and a 1-arm push-up. I practiced both movements every-other-day.

Our lives, were simpler...and it was great. It was a refreshing change to the over-stimulated, over-indulged western lifestyle that a lot of us live.

So we've made a family pact to take this week before school to PURGE, PURGE, PURGE. I read somewhere that the more clutter in your life you get rid of, the more room you make for positive things to come in to your life.


Books that no longer apply...Gone.

Clothes that we haven't worn in a year...See ya.

Toys that nobody plays with...Buh-bye.

We've done a little bit already and it feels amazing. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I STRONGLY suggest you try and do the same. Because once school starts next week, you know that the overall mentality will probably change and we'll get "caught up" again in the everyday of everyday.

The FitAndBusyDad

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