Conversations with Mrs. L - Just Live a Simple Life
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As we were sitting there face-to-face, Mrs. L leaned forward to answer my question. I tried to brace myself, anticipating a mind-blowing answer. Her expression was permeated with a mix of gravity and approval (I guess from my openness to ask and learn). Mrs. L would never tell you what to do in life, but I had this sense that she was always ready to impart something into you if you had the right key to open her treasure storehouse.
She looked into me and said, "Just live a simple life, Katherine." She paused for a second then continued, "If someone else has something, that doesn't mean you need to have that same thing. If someone just bought something, that doesn't mean you have to buy it too." What? That was not mind-blowing at all, but at the same time, it was!
I nodded. Coming from a ninety year old person, that answer had greatly impacted my being. You know what, these exact words, "Just live a simple life, Katherine," have saved me again and again from coveting, from entangling myself with lustful desires and with them, of course, their further complications. You know, complications such as you get exceedingly irritated when you can't get what you want. Yes, been saved many times from that. I'm not saying that I'm there yet, but I appreciate so much how Mrs. L had sown that seed within me. It was not a mere advice, Mrs. L had imparted the kind of person she was into my being.
Also this seed has continually saved me from the ever-changing trend of lifestyle, the tide of the age.