Imagine a life without the devices, appliances, and tools you rely on for most of your daily tasks. Sounds difficult, right?
In reality, however, living without technology isn’t that bad or hard. The Amish community has been living in such way for a really long time and they have no problem with it. In fact, there are so many good things about the way they live their lives.
Below are 6 of the most important life lessons we can learn from the Amish.
1. They make things from scratch
The Amish are known for their ability to cook from scratch. They prepare almost everything they eat from farm to table. They have their own sets of recipes and cooking techniques which they pass from one generation to another.
Almost every Amish family has a small garden wherein they grow vegetables and fruits. They also have a few chickens to get eggs from.
What’s nice about the way they source their food items is that it also enables them to earn money. Some of their produce are packed and sold at stands and auctions. Not relying on processed foods also reduces their risks of developing diet-related health issues.
In addition to cooking from scratch, the Amish also like to make their clothes, quilts, and almost everything they need by hand. Amish made furniture are generally hand-made as well.
2. They value hard work
The Amish generally live on farms. Because of that, they get up really early in the morning to tend to their horses, cows, and garden. Whether it rains or shines, they get up to accomplish the tasks they have for the day.
The way Amish value hard work is simply amazing. Their strong work ethic is something each of us should aspire to have. Even if we don’t work on farms or tend to cows and horses, we should get up each day with a strong determination to work hard for our goals.
3. They spend more time with the community
Amish don’t really rely on technology. They believe that relying too much on it can corrupt their values. With that, you won’t find them tied to computers, smartphones or even televisions.
Being disconnected enables to live a richer and more fulfilling life. They don’t feel the need to constantly check their devices. This allows them to be more connected with the people around them. They are able to socialize with the community and build a better relationship with them.
It’s a good idea to disconnect and unplug once in a while. It’ll give you a chance to reflect on your life and assess the relationship you have with your family, friends, and community.
Disconnecting from the internet and technology also gives you a chance to refocus on your goals and pay more attention to things that truly matter.
4. They take life slower
Most of us are always in a hurry. Whether it’s to get to work on time or rushing to get to the store before it closes, we’re constantly rushing things.
When you don’t have a really fast car or even a scooter to get you to places, there’s no “rushing” to get somewhere. You’ll have to plan out your day and enjoy the slower ride.
In life, it’s best not to rush things. Being in a hurry to get to your destination or reach your goals may take out the fun from the process.
5. They help each other
Amish families love close to each other. Some of them even live in the same property.
So, when a family experiences a milestone, like when a woman gives birth to her first baby, everyone will be there to offer help.
Even men work together to maintain their farms. They have this impressive teamwork that enables them to raise barns and build a really strong community.
Amish like to spend time with each other, too. This explains why an average Amish living room is big in size. They accomplish tasks and complete projects there.
6. They rest
Amish don’t work on Sundays. They usually spend it in church or in someone’s house. It’s a day where they just rest for the entire day.
Most of us, on the other hand, work extra long hours. We tend to sacrifice rest and being with family and friends for work. We skip important events just because we are too busy catching up with deadlines.
As a result, we get exhausted and burnt out. We lose enthusiasm in what we do and that eventually makes us unhappy with our lives.
Rest is crucial for your mind and body. Taking breaks enable you to recharge and renew your energy so you can do better after your rest.
The Amish might be living a very different life than most of us but that doesn’t mean that they are less happy or productive than us. In fact, it’s the other way around.
Without relying too much on technology, they are able to create a stronger bond with each other. They are able to spend more time on things that truly matter and they value hard work as much as they value taking breaks.