I love it when people have names as quirky as mine, which means I knew I’d like Jerusalem Greer before we ever talked. She grabbed my attention last year, when she wrote about fulfilling a dream of her family’s: moving to a little homestead.
In this episode, we chat about what it was like to transplant to a country life after years in the suburbs, and how she spends her days as the homestead matriarch with her husband and two boys. We commiserate over the overwhelming task of moving (still there, still unpacking), and why loving your stuff isn’t the antithesis of living simply.
In doing a little research for this episode’s show notes, I found this absolute gem, from the Vow of Stability taken by those who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict (It fits in with this episode, trust me.):
We vow to remain all our life with our local community. We live together, pray together, work together, relax together. We give up the temptation to move from place to place in search of an ideal situation. Ultimately there is no escape from oneself, and the idea that things would be better someplace else is usually an illusion. And when interpersonal conflicts arise, we have a great incentive to work things out and restore peace. This means learning the practices of love: acknowledging one’s own offensive behavior, giving up one’s preferences, forgiving.
This just might make it into my next book. You just wait.
Notes from this episode
- Jerusalem’s blog
- A Homemade Year and A Faith-Made Year, Jerusalem’s books
- Jerusalem on Instagram
- The Rule of Saint Benedict on Wikipedia
- Jeremiah 29
- Psalm 37
- Good further thoughts on the Vow of Stability
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
- Phyllis Tickle
- The Dyson handheld vacuum Jerusalem loves
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