29 June 2010

let it be enough

"I think the real trick to finding that sense of satisfaction is to realize you don't need much to attain it.  A window-box salad garden and a banjo hanging on the back of the door can be all the freedom you need.  If it isn't everything you want for the future, let it be enough for tonight.

Don't look at your current situation as a hindrance to living the way you want, because living the way you want has nothing to do with how much land you have or how much you can afford to spend on a new house.  It has to do with the way you choose to live every day and how content you are with what you have.  If a few things on your plate every season come from the work of your own hands, you are creating food for your body, and that is enough.  If that hat on your head was knitted with your own hands, you're providing warmth from a string and that's enough.  If you rode your bike to work, trained your dog to pack, or just baked a loaf of bread, let it be enough."


-Jenna Woginrich, Made from Scratch:  Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

I'm trying to take this to heart and remember it when I'm feeling most frustrated.  Sometimes it's about the tiny steps, ya know?  Small windox-box garden, homemade ice cream (yes, you'll learn more about this later) or a simple wedding quilt (patience, friends, patience).  I may not have 10 luscious acres or goats or an old pickup truck, but I've got a few things going on. 

What tiny (or huge) steps are you taking to reclaim the thoughtful, handmade, homespun life?  And if you tell me that you either spin your own wool, weave on a loom or bake bread in a wood-fired oven, then prepare to have a new stalker and/or slightly clingy house guest.

7 comments:

  1. Remember that you are welcome to visit our hilltop and work in our organic garden any time you like.

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  2. "If it isn't everything you want for the future, let it be enough for tonight." Love that. It is so true.

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  3. As for what steps I'm taking... homemade granola, homemade yogurt, hanging the laundry on the line every single time (which is incredibly meditative) and building a set of 6 height-adjustable, raised vegetable beds. I'd wanted them to be done for this year's crop, but now I'm just hoping they're done in time for the fall crops (which I've never done before).

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  4. Wonderful post, inspirational and full of gratitude! I've always loved a homespun kind of lifestyle, but sometimes when I get really busy and pushed for time I need a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey. Thank you!

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  5. Yes! And Wendy, I was JUSt marveling at those cupcake/pie toppers you made. They look incredible!

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  6. I'm feeling really bad about this post! I've got this awesome farm, and between running the business, the two kids, and renovating the house and ripping up overgrown shrubs and weeds, I've neglected those "homespun" things. I'm stitching up some new pillows, window treatments, and cushions... do those count?

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  7. OMG Dee, you are ON A FARM! And renovating a house! And making delicious looking pastries and baked goods. And right, the kiddos. Plus, the screening party of The Sandlot on the side of your barn! I'm pretty sure all of these things count :)

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