Tuesday, October 29, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 29

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along you can find all of my posts here.

For all the changes that I want to get back to, there must be something said for making compromises.  I would not be in a place to get “Back to Basics” if I had not made compromises.

Does that mean compromises are bad?  Absolutely not!  There is something to be said for convenience and progress, definitely.

I often think about the “Pioneer” days in America’s history.  The people that were looking for land and a fresh start, they wanted the ability to do what they could to make life better for themselves and their family.

I have said before that the “Frontier House” series that was on PBS back in 2002 is one of my favorite shows.  In the opening credits the narrator says something that always stands out to me, “often romanticized.”  I think that often times we think about all the things we “want” or fee like we “need” to change, but it often is not realistic.

I have to remember that I live in a different world than those pioneers.  While I absolutely admire them, I also realize that I am lucky enough to be able to make the choices I make.  I love to make homemade bread, but if I don’t have a chance to make it, it is ok to buy it!

It seems like such a small compromise, one most would not even think about.  Most people buy their bread now, but isn’t it nice that I can make the choice?  I cannot feel bad about making compromises when I feel like I need to.  I make my own laundry soap, but for some reason, come Christmas time, I am out buying commercial laundry detergent because it is one less thing to think about.

That is what I think about compromises.  You make the ones you specifically need to make for you and your family.  It does not matter what everyone else is doing if it is working for you.  Can you still feel guilty about it?  Yes, you can.  But, you probably shouldn’t.

Do you feel bad about making certain compromises when it comes to changes you have made for the health and well-being of your family?

1 comment:

  1. The biggest one for me is encouraging us all to eat seasonally. Sometimes I can't always afford organic so ill compromise and purchase something that is on the Clean 15 list. It's all about balancing and doing what works best for your family.


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