As I said in a previous post, it’s important to let natural fabric breathe; so I hang the one dress on a hanger in the hall for the night. As I passed it this morning, I could barely wait to wiggle into it. Rather than getting bored, I find I’m developing a relationship with it. Lest you think that’s a little ‘over the top’ — that my synapses are no longer firing appropriately — let me suggest that you close your eyes and imagine your favorite sweatshirt, your favorite PJ’s, your favorite jeans. I bet you have a relationship with that item. I bet you look forward to wearing it, even if it’s torn, worn, bedraggled and beleaguered. I bet you will still want to choose it rather than the new items hanging in the closet or sitting in the drawer.
This is one of the greatest gifts of simplicity — appreciating more and recognizing your appreciation. When there are multiple items migrating all over the available space, frustration and indifference are likely to needle their way in, inching out the grace of gratitude. On the other hand, a few beloved things, unimportant as they may seem to be, generate gratitude without any effort at all. And, they are as satisfying as a smooth fine-aged wine, that wants a sip and a savor rather than a guzzle and a gulp!