I struggled this weekend with a decision. I don’t know how many of you know this, but for a year I had a paper route in the middle of the night. I was trying to make some extra money shortly after I went full-time to writing, and so each and every night I was up at 11:30 delivering papers until four a.m. Seven nights a week. Then I would sleep for three hours and then start in on my writing day.
Bev had a paper route for thirteen years…..seven nights per week for thirteen years. So when I quit my route I talked her into quitting hers as well. What a miracle when we quit. Suddenly we were rested and our health improved, and although we were not making as much money we were healthier and happier.
Last week the guy I gave the route to wanted to know if I would do it for him for one week so he could go on vacation. I wrestled with that decision all weekend. On the one hand we need the money. On the other hand my life would be completely disrupted for not only the week I did the route but for a week afterwards while I regained a normal sleeping pattern.
In the end, I had a talk with Bev and we agreed that I shouldn’t do it. The extra money just was not worth the peace of mind I would be giving up. I love my routine, and an extra $300 is not enough to make me give my routine up, even for just one week.
Living Simple is more than a philosophy. It is also a way of life and a commitment.
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