Right size

Before deciding to ‘right size’ in this autumn of my life, I chose two guiding principals to follow:

-Live your life with intention
-Know that you can’t go home again

I was thinking about my changes while falling crimson and gold maple leaves kept me company last night on a walk.

I’ve scaled back to a 30 hour job so I can write more. And I’ve scaled back to a tiny white cottage with a patch of grass I’m maintaining with a push mower.

I rely only on my strength for fuel.

That’s just the life I led back way back in my twenties.

Yet it seems I’m now living just a mile north from a house my parents rented during grade school, right over the border in the next town.

And I’m only a mile west from the hospital where my husband passed away a year and a half ago, and two miles from the depot where his memorial service was held.

I’ve also discovered I’m three miles from the clapboard house I rented the last time I tried to live with intention, back in my twenties.

But this time I’ll aim to keep that focus sharper, knowing I have many more seasons behind me then ahead of me.

Leading up to this fall of change, I read two books that spurred me on.

The first, titled the “The Blue Zones”, is about how to live longer and better. The second provides tips on the creativity, titled “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within”.

What’s better that living healthier and freeing the writer within, I thought as I continued my walk and noticed the freshly painted little free library in my new neighborhood.

I opened the door and peeked inside.

That’s when I spotted the same two books I’d just read stacked neatly on the top shelf.

I took it as a sign.

It’s never too late for us to live our days with intention.

And perhaps we can actually go home again, even if we never intended to.

It’s all in that perspective.

Here I was thinking I’d acquired just a sweet little home with a sweet little porch last month.

But it seems I’ve gained so much more.

I have myself a sweet new little life.

Oh, and what’s even better, it’s just the right size.