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"Simple Abundance" in 2008

post #1 of 51
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when i was a teen my therapist gave me the book "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. this was 6 or 7 years ago and i have never cracked it open. i just happened to glance down and see it on my bookshelf, flipped through it a bit, and would really like to read it this next year. there is a quote and short essay for each day.

would anyone else care to join me?
post #2 of 51
i would LOVE to! i have had this book for years. i start it every january (for the last 7yrs), but have yet to actually finish. each year it depends on how crazy my life is how far i get, but i don't think i've ever gotten past april with it.

perhaps this would inspire me enough to at least get a little further with it!
post #3 of 51
I have the book right on my night table. I have had it for years. I randomly rummage through it from time to time and it gives me a sense of serenity. What a great idea ...to read passages on a daily basis in 2008. Let me join
post #4 of 51
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i'm so glad to see people interested.
post #5 of 51
My mom has a copy of this book - I might snag it from her and join in.

Thanks!
post #6 of 51
i was perusing the Joyful Simplicities for January at the back of the January chapter. is anyone going to fix Hoppin' John for New Year's Day dinner? It might be a fun way to "kick off" this little venture! My mom always made this dinner, so it has some sweet memories for me.
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i was perusing the Joyful Simplicities for January at the back of the January chapter. is anyone going to fix Hoppin' John for New Year's Day dinner? It might be a fun way to "kick off" this little venture! My mom always made this dinner, so it has some sweet memories for me.
i had no idea what you were talking about for a second

why did she put them in the back of the month? you'd think she'd put them upfront. hmmmmm...
post #8 of 51
my black-eyed peas and ham hocks are in the crock pot! Happy New Year felllow SA-ers!
post #9 of 51
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

i have been waiting all week, rather impatiently, to start my daily reading and totally forgot this morning just jumped up and read it and am feeling ready for the day. can't say year because i want to try a new approach- day by day...
post #10 of 51
Here is my attempt at getting started with the book this year if anyone would like to check it out.

Aspirations of My Heart

(can you tell i am excited about doing this with others this year??)
post #11 of 51
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I have the book right on my night table. I have had it for years. I randomly rummage through it from time to time and it gives me a sense of serenity. What a great idea ...to read passages on a daily basis in 2008. Let me join
Me too! I am so glad I found this thread. I have the Journal of Gratitude as well and I filled in my first entry today.
post #12 of 51
So how is the book going for everyone? I really find it inspiring, I just need to make sure I put it into practice.
post #13 of 51

Too late to join in?

I didn't see this thread until today, but I have been reading Simple Abundance (again!) since Tuesday.

(Maggie, we really seem to be turning up on all the same threads....great minds, I suppose. )
post #14 of 51
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of course it's not too late to join! (great minds, indeed!

i really loved todays. i do this. i put everything fun and exciting off for "special" times and just sort of drudge on through life. i really like the thought of dressing up and setting a beautiful table
post #15 of 51
Remember, Maggie, "[we] are that [we] might have joy."
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post #17 of 51
I'll join you ladies, too! For the past 5 years I've had this book and never make it through. I randomly flip through it throughout the year and always find it inspiring. Maybe this is the year I'll really put it into practice!
post #18 of 51

Today's reading - what makes you truly happy?

I have a small list:

warm woollen socks
sleeping in late when I don't have to go anywhere
soaking in a luxurious tub
the scent of roses

(I'm thinking of more...)
post #19 of 51

Today's reading - Happiness is an underrated duty

I had never thought of happiness that way. I suppose it makes sense, in a "what-goes-around-comes-around" sort of way. If we want the world to be a better place, it makes sense that we can help that happen by putting more happiness into the circle of things.












(Is anyone else here? )
post #20 of 51
I am

a few things that make me truly happy-

a warm bowl of nourishing homemade soup and thick slice of freshly baked crutsy bread

watching my children sleep

finishing a knitting project

writing in my journal

listening to my girls talk about how strong they are!


I really think it is so true that taking a minute to focus on how much you have in your life that does make you happy helps to remind me that i choose what to do and how to be every minute of the day. i can choose to be happy today and make something wonderful out of what i do have, not what i don't that i wish i did.
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