SIMPLICITY SUGGESTIONS For Simplicity Plan

 Adult Religious Education, Tempe Monthly Meeting

 

Spiritual Category

Family Category

Behavioral Category

Financial Category

Possessions Category

 

 

1: Spiritual Category (credo & dogma & beliefs level/spiritual level)

 

1. live in the moment

 

2. make time on a regular basis for internal reflection

 

3. get rid of all the unnecessary religious stuff... retain the Spirit

 

4. think for yourself ‑ take personal responsibility

 

5. try to see all sides ‑ be flexible

 

6. be understanding of others' views

 

7. withhold judgment

 

8. listen to others; be kind; think about other people's situations

 

9. let others know you care; be there for others ‑ just be there to talk

 

10. make simple spiritual rules for yourself

 

11. be a Quaker

 

12. don't repeat a credo you don't believe in

 

13. don't participate to appeals of patriotism

 

14. find the real you ‑ which will change from time to time

 

15. have the courage to participate in the issues of our times according to your conscience

 

16. worship with others

 

17. pray daily

 

18. learn and practice centering spiritually

 

19. practice forgiveness

 

20. learn to go with the flow, but not the flow of the world

 

21. put yourself in God's hands

 

22. give wings to your prayers

 

23. learn to recall and live the Serenity Prayer

 

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2: Family Category

 

(recreational time/work time/expressing emotions! handling conflicts/relationships! money/holidays and birthdays and anniversaries)

 

1. make room for vacations

 

2. be flexible about traditions/family plans

 

3. keep records of family stuff (written, photos, videos, locks of hair, baby outfits, school projects, etc. within reason!)

 

4. have sit down meals together

 

5. be honest with your family

 

6. tell your family what's important to you

 

7. give the gift of experiences and learned skills rather than material gifts

 

8. don't hold on to money ‑ use it, have fun with it (still remember to have emergency money)

 

9. get rid of envy ‑ don't compare yourself to others

 

10. everyone should have chores

 

11. siblings need to have strong bonds

 

12. organized activities must adapt to family schedule

 

13. celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries (all types), good grades, a successful performance, a worthy attempt, a great day, a wonderful vacation

 

14. set rules and boundaries and enforce them

 

15. create a system for handling conflicts

 

16. allow each family member privacy and solitude

 

17. teach by example

 

18. don't miss (recognize) those teachable moments

 

19. allow time outs for reflective thinking

 

20. express love and other emotions

 

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3: Behavioral Category

 

(speech & language/attitudes/emotions/habits & patterns)

 

1. think about habits in your daily life: are some just automatic? Pick and choose deliberately; prioritize your habits

 

2. identify which habits are destructive and decide how to change them to new ones that are constructive

 

3. get over it! Let go of past issues

 

4. work hard on listening and not on speaking

 

5. do you really hear the person you are talking to?

 

6. don't use unkind speech

 

7. drive like a Quaker

 

8. conserve your emotional energy ‑ fruitfully use your emotional energy

 

9. be careful about being indecisive

 

10. have optimism about declining possessions

 

11. don't procrastinate

 

12. keep a schedule

 

13. pace yourself ‑ break large projects into parts

 

14. have a plan of action ‑ to stop being overwhelmed

 

15 . ...let no evil talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good and fits the occasion... Ephesians 4: 29

 

16. think before you speak

 

17. understand your audience when you speak

 

18. recognize others' needs and be flexible

 

19. stop the bad habit of making speech complicated

 

20. pick up after yourself

 

21. be supportive of others, not enabling

 

22. purge old files and records if necessary

 

23. just fix the damn door and stop complaining

 

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4: Financial Category (what you buy/how you buy/how your purchasing is Influenced/how you obtain income)

 

1. know where your money goes 2. pay off credit card balance every month 3. get a good education or train ing=sustainable income 4. avoid impulse buying; give all purchases thought first

 

5. use automatic bill paying for some goods and services, checks for others and on‑line for others

 

6. buy most basic items; consider store brand rather than paying for brand names

 

7. always have emergency funds or a plan B

 

8. pay bills on time

 

9. keep records

 

10. don't spend more than you bring in; try to live on less than you bring in

 

II. always pay yourself first (savings)

 

12. payroll deductions help you save

 

13. values: consider where your purchases come from and how the workers are treated

 

14. consider buying used or recycled

 

15. prioritize your basics and budget

 

16. feel comfortable about how you earn your money

 

17. don't buy cheap; don't buy expensive

 

18. plan for retirement

 

19. give money to your monthly meeting on a monthly basis

 

20. consider what level of interest/knowledge/values you want to have in your investments

 

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5: Possessions Category

 

(amount/organization/storage/use)

 

1. don't be ruled by your possessions; if possessions rule, find a way to change the relationships

 

2. recognize the need to grow out of possessions ‑ get over the emotional aspects

 

3. create time to consider when to let go of possessions that have emotional ties, but are not needed, have emotions come into alignment with needs

 

4.things require maintenance; consider letting go of things which you don't have time to maintain

 

5. think of the life expectancy of items when purchasing them; make the need and your budget match

 

6. buy things that have a small carbon footprint

 

7. keep working at organizing; it's an ongoing process

 

8. if you can get by without using an item, you might not need it; use a test: would I use this item more than  times a week/month?

 

9. try freecycling or bartering

 

10. share; enjoy your things with others (especially tools)

 

11. organize/plan so that all supplies for projects are gathered in one location that is appropriate to the project

 

12. get rid of clothes that don't fit or you haven't worn in more than a year

 

13. get rid of clothes that are surplus (example: too many tee‑shirts)

 

14. schedule time for discarding things

 

15. examine things you have with a critical eye to see what you really want to have

 

16. put stuff in boxes and then in an intermediate zone then later, discard

 

17. celebrate when you get extra space and unclutter

 

18. rejoice in uncluttering and good order

 

 

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