blue crab at our front door. last week. post inspired by Joshua Becker.
Last week I stepped out the front door of my tiny house and onto our temporary step.
It was one of those moments like a thousand other ones.
I could have bustled on through the yard, head consumed with a thousand future checklists.
But I didn’t. For some reason I stopped, and I looked around, and I saw a flash of something blue.
He was tucked in tight between the wall of our tiny house and the temporary step.
A blue crab. A big guy too. (I’d never seen one wild before despite growing up on the Florida coastline.)
If I’d been living at a faster pace I wouldn’t have spotted him.
Or if I had, I wouldn’t have had time to appreciate him.
I’ve been practicing the lost art of living slow though, and that is the difference between seeing the crab and rushing on by.
The Hidden Benefits of Minimalism
Slowing down is another benefit of minimalism. When you’ve pared down everything; the stuff, the crazy schedule, the overwhelming influx… then it’s time for life to start. And it starts with the smallest things sometimes, like a majestic blue crab come to share the presence of the moment with us.
Simple Living Action Step
Be a cliche. Stop and smell the roses.
Relax. Recuperate. Let your chilled out self hang out and do a big blisspile of nothing. Keep your eyes open and see what comes to fill your empty vessel. You might just find a blue crab outside your doortstep. Enjoy your weekend everyone. I’ll be taking a digital sabbatical for Saturday and Sunday.
Updates and Conversations
* Coming next week. Andrew and Crystal’s Tiny r(E)volution comes to Minimalist Packrat. Next week is tiny house week. Lots of (finally) shots of our inner sanctuary, thoughts on tiny house living, and the must-see essay from Andrew Odom on his tiny house life.
* What about you? Is your life stressed out or relaxed? Have you come to a comfortable relationship with the concept of relaxing, or are you like me, working to maintain a balance?
* Now for something completely different. If you have a moment, please help a rat out and share a thought about your simplified celebrations. I’m working on (either a book or a section of a book) on redefining holidays and I’m looking for real world experiences of people who have abandoned a high stress holiday experience and created a simplified holiday instead.