Carol Hand posted the video below and it is so touching. Her writing is always insightful, thought provoking, and peaceful. Reading her post about simplicity has reawakened the journey I had begun many, many, well long ago, to narrow down the focus of my life. Somehow in all the moving and upheaval of the last decade, I lost my way, and am now stuck in the doldrums of hopelessness. Perhaps it is time to reconsider the abandonment of my quest for simplicity. If for no other reason than to give me a reason to blow some wind into my sails and set a course which could actually be navigated quite simply; as long as I have Jesus at the helm that is. And just maybe, upon arrival at journeys end, I will have gained what is necessary to free my spirit from its bound tight prison of dashed hopes
Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
Simple Gifts was written by Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848