Simple Living Humor? What’s That?
Posted August 19, 2014on:
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The problem with simple living is that we’re so serious. We don’t even know what to call ourselves. “Simple Livers” seems so anatomical. I mean our heart is really in it, but our livers? We might as well call ourselves Simple Kidneys.
The other option is Simple Lifers but that sounds so incarcerated. We might as well call ourselves Simple Solitary. But we know it’s not true. Simple Living is freeing. It feels so great to get that burden of stuff off our shoulders!
I mean, we go into debt to buy it. Some of us take two jobs to get a starter castle but then we have less time with our family. Then we have to maintain all this stuff — dusting it and shoving new batteries into it. Then we have to secure it to make sure nobody steals it. Good grief. Who owns whom?
There are five — count ’em — five Life Standards of Christian voluntary simplicity. The one I really like “Non-conform freely.” That means thumbing our nose at advertisers who try to convince us that we are so undesirable, so inadequate that we just MUST buy their new gismo. It also means not following for the less obvious but not so subtle Peer Pressure. You know the routine. “Say, Janice, that’s a lovely blouse. Was Good Will having a sale?”
So I have little rituals to help myself resist the pressure and instead to Non-conform Freely. I wear RED SOCKS. They’re gloriously ugly!
Living simply is not simple. Simple Living couples are forced to make compromises. For example, after years of negotiation, Rita and I have agreed that ONLY on weekends will I wear socks with holes in them.
I developed a sense of justice at an early age. My sister, who was five years older thought she was smarter. Our mom required us to do the dishes after supper. One would wash, the other would dry. Even to this day I don’t mind doing chores. Thanks, mom. Well, anyway, when it was my turn to wash, my sister would inevitably decide she had to go to the bathroom. As teenager, even back in to the fifties, she would take a long time! Well, if I waited till she got back, the dishes would have dripped dried themselves. My sense of fairness wouldn’t allow that to happen. So, as I washed, I would pour water on the clean dishes to keep them wet until she came back. I never could figure out why she got so upset!
• PostConsumers.com: Get Satisfied Gallery (cartoons & short video by Mike Swofford)
• Bob Sitze’ Simple Enough blog is often humorous in a sophisticated way. Six algorithms I’d like to see is especially funny.
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