When less is more

About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

As you start this week, may you strive for less instead of more. May you crave the beauty of just one flower or one shell on the beach or one perfectly-placed photo. And when the noise gets loud, may you remember to close out all the tabs in your Internet browser to read only the one thing that’s meaningful to you in that moment. And may you find courage to turn your phone on silent.

And may these old words of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s ring timeless in your ears this week:

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky. One double-sunrise is an event; six are a succession, like a week of schooldays. …For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms. …A tree has significance if one sees it against the empty face of sky. A note in music gains significance from the silences on either side. A candle flowers in the space of night. Even small and casual things take on significance if they are washed in space.”

A good reminder as we tackle our piles in this week’s hot spot. May we be brave and let go of the things that simply take up space.

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  1. Love it! This along with a verse I read in The Message yesterday give me just the inspiration I need to attack my clutter piles today.
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  2. “For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms.” How true. I’d never thought of it like that. But I suppose that’s why we mat and frame art.
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  3. Great thoughts! Thank you.

  4. When I saw your photo and read the first few lines of your post…I immediately thought about AML’s “Gift From the Sea”…and then I saw…that’s where you were going! I love that quote! Such classic wisdom and at the same time relevant today.

  5. Even more than this, my philosophy is that the shells are prettier on the beach than they would be in my home. Why not leave them there?

  6. LOVE! Simple is beautiful!

  7. I took GIFT FROM THE SEA as a beach read during a family vacation eleven years ago. What a gift is was to read in that setting!
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  8. Beautiful post. Love this.
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  9. I love, love, love that quote. I own a professional organizing company called Less is More and the last four lines, in particular, really sum up my approach. I am now off to share this with everyone I know. Thank you!

  10. As always, great inspiration! My phone was on silent, my computer, shut down for a bit and the piles are getting smaller :-)
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  11. What a great reminder! I have a large yard and have inherited from the previous owner a very sporadic messy garden. But yet, I have flowers popping up that remind me how beautiful they are even though the garden is so very messy. Often, I look at things as a whole, like my garden, and see a mess, but there is still some beauty to behold!
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  12. Less is more is a constant battle for me, and I just recently realized how paralyzing it can make it not just for me, but also for my daughters with autism. I wrote about it today. Love the quote, love your image, and love this subject.
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  13. Thanks for the great book recommendation…I just added it to my wish list on Amazon. I read a great book about 8 years ago and creating “space” in our lives. It was called “Breath” by Keri Wyatt Kent…great book! Thanks, again. :-)

  14. Beautiful. When I can create space in my life, my mind, my heart, I find my connection to all things, the beauty in everything. This is just the reminder that I need today. Thank you for the simplicity in words.

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