As a blogger, I put myself out there for everyone to know my likes, my dislikes, my dreams, my desires and even how I choose to live. I have learned to have broad shoulders and don’t take things personally. I do a pretty good job at taking it all in and not letting a few choice comments get me down.
However, there is one comment I keep getting that I just have to address. It centers around an Amish life and their religious beliefs and rules.
I fully understand that the Amish have religious beliefs and practices that may be different than our Christian ways. It is not their beliefs and practices that I strive for, but their way of mastering a simple and ordinary lifestyle. We all have the right to practice religion in a free country, and that includes the Amish. I write a lot about the Amish. I grew up near the Amish, I have worked with them, and I have Amish friends. I consider myself pretty educated with their lifestyle and feel comfortable writing about their way of life. What I don’t write about is their religious beliefs, but their simple, uncomplicated way of life.
How often have you heard others say? “I wish I could slow down, I am so busy I can’t see straight.”
Most of us, including myself, have spent years trying to rid our lives of the hectic rat-race we call life. If there’s one thing I have noticed about my interaction with the Amish is they have mastered the art of slow living. Now don’t get me wrong, I know they have periods of busy times just like the rest of us, but what they don’t have is the onset of media, electronics, and modern living to keep them away from the simpler way of life.
What the Amish do well and what I admire about them is this:
Is their way of life different than mainstream America? Yes, it is and no matter how they conform to the rules set in place it’s still a life uncomplicated by today’s busy standards.
Could I live according to those rules? Probably not! The life they live requires deep conviction and an unyielding discipline that only comes after years and years of upbringing.
So what can we do to live that uncomplicated simple life?
What are your thoughts?
Please remember we all don’t have to agree on everything and if you disagree, please keep your comments polite and don’t belittle anyone that may look to the Amish as a guide to living a simpler life.
By: Tracy Fredrychowsi
Photo by: Jim Fisher
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