Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Keep It Simple

Boat House Roof
Wimberley, TX
                     The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away
 such parts of the marble block as are not needed
 - it is a process of elimination.
  ~Elbert Hubbard

For many years, Kim and I would visit a B&B down in the Texas Hill Country in Wimberley, Texas. The innkeeper Mary, treated us as if we were her own family. She pampered and coddled like a doting mother. Her embraces were genuine and warm and made the long trip from Dallas to the other side of Austin well worth the drive.

Mary converted a handful of hunting cabins into miniature homes filled with simple luxury and shabby chic furnishings. I was amazed by what I didn't need to be happy. The rooms were open and free of clutter: a bedroom, bathroom, a small kitchen, and a potbelly fireplace to keep us warm. The floors were nothing more than scored concrete stained in copper tones. Mary added a few throw rugs for warmth and lots of Ralph Lauren bedding for color and charm. Each house had its own unique theme and charm. Eventually, over time, we stayed in all of them.

Simple Things
We would reach our destination stressed from the hustle of work and from the busy traffic of every day life. When we reached our destination we could feel our pulses slow as we once again heard the constant rushing of the spring feed Cypress Creek.

Each morning was new and crisp. It was fun just to sit on the porch and watch drink coffee and watch the deer eat breakfast between the houses and by the fire pit. It was all so simple.

What would happen to us all if we remove the clutter from our lives? How much do we really need? What do we really need? 

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