the other day, andy, my mate, attempted to describe my life to me.
“you know those machines, Rube Goldberg machines, I think?”
“yeah. . . ?”
“they’re completely pointless machines. . . .”
(you had me at “hello,” honey.)
“. . .I mean, you tweak all the different parts, & get something at the end that doesn’t really matter. . . .”
(I hope we’re getting somewhere, honey. this is depressing. . . )
“with all the tweaking, you don’t exactly know what you’re going to get, but you tweak here & there, this part & that, & in the end, it all turns out. that’s how you do your life.”
“ohhhhhh, okay. yeah, that’s pretty much how I do my life.”
good talks, honey. good talks.
he’s right, this smart man i’m married to. I don’t exactly know what we’re aiming for besides the good life, but I keep tweaking: simple living. nature. doing-it-ourselves. margin. self-employment. minimalism. slow living. thrifting. unschooling. living tiny (we tried to buy a bus once. . .). following Jesus.
I also know I don’t want to be in the box I often find myself in. the standard american life isn’t working too well for me, so i keep inching out. jill slowly getting out of her box.
i’m not exactly sure where we’re headed, but I know if I work on the small details in front of me today, & if I give enough leverage to God, we’re going to end up somewhere good. I don’t always see the good until we’re through, because life can be yucky. & there’s usually a fair amount of chaos involved.
but i’m always pleased with the end result. & that end result is always further out of the box then where we started.
life. accidentally, on purpose.
let me introduce us, then:
& the lot of us. thalia, kieran, javin, & leif.
it’s nice to meet you, & it’s no small thing that you’re here, with all that life is throwing at you, plus the dog & the kids & the dishes. I don’t take that for granted. I love you for being here.
if you want to dig around in our lives, here are the essential jill in the box, to get you started:
if you like it here, consider subscribing. we can tweak together, find our collective way out of the boxes. they’re kind of cramped anyway, aren’t they?
if you’d like to hang out online, i’m on facebook at jill britz. or instagram @jillbritz. more of our everyday happens there.
or you can email me at email@example.com.
i’d love to chat. mmmm, grown-ups to talk to. 🙂
thanks, all. you cats rock.
here’s to tweaking the machine.