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Advices and Queries for the Eighth Month:

Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center... a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time. THOMAS R. KELLY, TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION , 1941

A life centered in God will be directed toward keeping communication with God open and unencumbered. Simplicity is best achieved through a right ordering of priorities, maintaining humility of spirit, avoiding self-indulgence, resisting the accumulation of unnecessary possessions, and avoiding over-busy lives.

Elise Boulding writes in My Part in the Quaker Adventure, “ Simplicity, beauty, and happiness go together if they are a byproduct of a concern for something more important than ourselves.”

● Do I center my life in an awareness of God’s presence so that all things take their rightful place?
● Do I live simply, and promote the right sharing of the world’s bounty?
● Do I keep my life uncluttered with things and activities, avoiding commitments beyond my strength and light?
● How do I maintain simplicity, moderation, and honesty in my speech, my manner of living, and my daily work?
● Do I recognize when I have enough?
● Is the life of our Meeting so ordered that it helps us to simplify our lives?


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