Be a chicken not a rat


I may live in the United States, but my lifestyle is not one of a typical twenty-something in the Midwest. I don’t have Netflix, Amazon Prime, an ever-changing wardrobe … or even a television for that matter.

I don’t work forty hours a week. And I don’t have any debt. What I do have is peace, a warm, inviting home, and a sustainable lifestyle I adore.

This morning my love came over and had brunch with me. I made omelets with fresh produce and peppers from our garden while cinnamon rolls baked in the toaster oven and the kettle gurgled on the stove. After we ate, we did devotions together and finished our tea.

When he left for work, I cleaned up the house and did dishes. Now I’m doing a little writing before I get to work. I’ll work until 7 p.m.

Standard American schedule? Not in the slightest. Perfect for the lifestyle I want to live? Absolutely. My life is slow. It is deliberate. I am not rushed, I am not pressured.

Instead of participating in the rat race, I think I live more like a chicken. Thoughtfully playing my part in the ecosystem, not making a fuss, and absolutely, positively content.

“Busyness is, at its core, about misplaced priorities.” — Joshua Becker



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  2. Jamey · August 12

    Haha, that’s awesome! My sister gave it to me for my birthday. I’m pretty sure it’s from Target.
    It may be my favorite mug ever. Just smooth, simple, and cute.
    Thanks for commenting, mug buddy! =D


  3. Living Simple and Natural · August 12

    Omg I have that mug too ☺️ (The pink one)


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