A wise person once told me that you don't have to be a Mennonite to live like a Mennonite. That same person told me that to avoid excess in our lives we should remember these words... "Moderation in all things."
It has taken me a lifetime to learn that a life lived simply and mindfully and moderately is what I desire most.
I am reminded of simple living when I pass the homes of the Mennonite in our area.
I am reminded of "Moderation" when I remember the pain of living with an alcoholic, or when I remember the things I thought I needed, only to see those desired items now stored in boxes in my garage.
I feel happiest when I do those things that remind me that I have a responsibility to do my part to care for this beautiful...beautiful...planet. Mindful living denotes operating with contemplation, conscience, ownership and recognition in all things that we do.
I cannot be a Mennonite. I am not certain that I would want to be...BUT...I will remember their example, and continually strive to journey towards that destination of simplicity...moderation...and mindful living.