A few years back, i met a street vendor selling second hand books outside a supermarket somewhere in Kasarani, Nairobi Kenya. He was selling all books at Kshs. 100 which i guess is equivalent to 1 dollar. I am never one to turn-down an offer on books and so i quickly started going through the pile of books that had been laid down on the mat. That is how i found, ‘ Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’ By Sarah Ban Breathnach and after skimming through it. I immediately bought it. On the cover page, there was a sticker written “Goodwill 1.89$‘. This made me imagine that another woman had loved the book so much that she decided to share it with me, continents apart.
I have been reading this book for four years now. Each year i start on January 1st and although i skip so many days in between,i always try to get through to December. It really is one book that i have held dear through the years. When my house got burglarized in 2014 and all my books stolen, i remained with just this one book. Reason being that i had carried the book to work that day. I would have been devastated if it was among the stolen books.
‘ Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy‘ By Sarah Ban Breathnach is a book for women. It has 366 essays dates from the first date of the year to December 31st Each day, you are supposed to read an essay and each essay has a lesson that you can take away. As the title suggests, the lessons are mainly about simplicity and abundance. As a reader, you get to get in touch with the real, inner you. You also get to learn how to live a fulfilling life by appreciating what you have and embracing the concept of simplicity.
There is a serenity that comes from each essay that you read. No matter what you are going through in life, there is comfort that can be found within the pages of this book. I have read it through so many low moments in my life and somehow, i found wisdom that helped me get through the situations that i have gone through.Wisdom that have been shared with women and by women cutting across generations.
One of the most important lessons that i picked from the book is about, gratitude. This is something that has become part of my life and i make sure that i am grateful for all that i have every single day of my life. The whole idea behind this practice is that, the more you are grateful for what you have, the more you realize that you are indeed blessed. Even when things are tough, for instance, if you experience loss, you should take account of what you still have and this will help you avoid dwelling on what it is that you lack. Even when you feel that you don’t have what you would like such as a big house, a nicer car or a better job, gratitude will change your attitude when you focus on the other things that you have for instance, good health, gift of life, family, friends. So as advised by the author, each day of your life, list down five things that you are grateful for.
Another lesson that i loved from this book is the one concerning the role of order in your life. It is interesting to know that the clutter around us also affects the state of our mind. For instance, if you have clutter around your desk at work, this affects how you think and feel. You may feel overwhelmed or anxious. However, its amazing to see how different you will feel if you bring some order to your workstation.Order brings about the feeling of calmness and contentment. The same thing with our houses.
There are many other wonderful lessons from this book that anywoman can enjoy. Actually, if you know any woman who hasn’t yet read this book, ‘ Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” By Sarah Ban Breathnach is a great gift idea.
I give this 5 stars.
Here is a quote that i like from the book, “The simpler we make our live,the more abundant they become‘.