I was thinking the other day of a perfect way to explain my current experience of illness and subsequent choice to simplify my life:

You know when you're driving along and you get to a hill, and if you stay in the gear you were in on flat ground, you won't be able to make it up the hill? So what do you do {those with a stick shift, like me}? You down shift. Flat ground and a higher gear worked fine, but trying to climb a hill? Forget it, you need to shift down.

So that's what I'm doing. Shifting down. Shifting down so I can make it up the hill.

I'm starting to have some better days. Less pain, or less stiffness in my joints. Not as exhausted. We should know soon how much my medication will help.

And bad day or good, I am loving this life of simplicity.

Baking, nesting, organizing, tea time, homeschool, laundry, journaling & creativity, oh how you feed me!

What's feeding you these days?


  1. beautiful post! right now what feeds me is every minute off from work, home with my family
    glad to hear you're having better days

  2. so glad you came by my blog.

    i've been reading over quiet a few of your posts. goodness.

    downshifting, what a great analogy. i too have had to downshift in my physical life... it is the only way to get up the hill. the hill doesn't seem unconquerable anymore. it's just going to take a bit more effort to conquer it.
    but i know God his grace and strength will be the fuel to get you and i up our hills.

  3. Love the shifting analogy! Thinking of you:)

  4. I'm really glad you're able to focus on the things that feed you. I certainly understand living life in low gear. A very good analogy!


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