“Clearly, the demands of simplicity go much further than winnowing down of our stuff or hopping off the grid for the weekend. We apparently actually have to deal with each other. A lot. I don’t know how that
plays into [my neighbors’] faith life, but I do know that kind of conversation and relationship is, ironically, often not the stuff… of mainline religious practice.”
This article from Religion Dispatches talks about simple living being hard. Though we often equate “simple” with “easy,” that’s usually NOT the case. What attempts at simplicity have you made while volunteering? Has it been easier or harder than your life before?