Often people have said it may be best if we just get back to the basics, make life simple again. The problem is we don't know what the simple life looks like. What are the basics?
Once someone told me she only made her biscuits from scratch. Another in our group wanted to know where to buy "scratch", because she had never seen it on store shelves!
Making things from scratch is getting back to basics, but may not fit our definition of the simple life. So what are we to do? Well, we may embrace both notions by following some foundational concepts of what is simple and basic.
Simple to me means uncomplicated. Basic imparts a vision of few components. An example of combining these concepts may be growing your own tomatoes and eating them as they come from the garden.
Our new basic simple life may look like this.
I can grow my food and eat it prepared with few components in it's most natural state.
If I can't grow my own food, I can buy fresh healthy food from local growers, which I prepare in simple ways that highlight it's natural value.
If I can't buy fresh food from local growers, I can buy the freshest food available and transported the shortest distances from the local supermarket. I can prepare this food to conserve it's nutritional value.
And do I really need a summer, winter, fall and spring wardrobe? If I were honest with myself, part of my mortgage is simply a closet storage charge for clothes I don't wear. Donating clothes to a local women's or men's shelter frees me of the burden of storing them and also helps others. I can easily shop for "new" clothes appropriate to the season from a barely used clothing store.
The basic and simple life doesn't have to look that much different from how most of us live now. It just requires letting go of what we know and embracing what we knew.