What is Practical Living and WHY on earth would we be interested in that?
Origin of the word practical
Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek praktikos ‘concerned with action’, from prattein ‘do, act’ (1)
On that note, we better be concerned with our action.
We need to do, actually do something – act.
Practical is not an idea or theory in our head but application and this makes it effective.
Practical makes it Real as we are engaging in the very act of doing something in our Living-ness.
That means we are putting Focus and attention into our movements to do something that serves and that means there is a purpose.
So many of us are not bothered about the practical aspects of living in this world and it holds little value.
We tend to see things that are far more important and not focus on the practical elements of living.
We have an inbuilt aversion when it comes to getting on with the job that is practical and makes sense.
We generally do not hold a practical way of living as important as it is usually Boring and mundane for us.
We like entertainment and distractions as that grabs our minds and whilst we seek more of that, all the practical things just get left behind.
Many of us are currently liking the time off that the world governments have imposed on us and that means living a what we want, because we can kind of lifestyle.
Some of us really want Change but we seem to be at a loss where to start and how it will all work out.
A few of us are finding ways to bring some meaning and purpose to our lockdown life but not getting far.
Many of us have Given Up and become quite despondent about life in general and have no intention of making the actual movements to change.
The masses have engaged in new forms of entertainment to distract even further away from the realities that we call everyday life.
In fact, all our needs and distractions seem to be met by ease and comfort, where we barely need to move as long as we got the smartphone or computer to do the clicking and we have it on demand.
There is always something out there catching our attention and attracting us to try something different or new, even if it is just a fad.
For the record a ‘fad’ is a short-lived craze. It gathers momentum as lots of people jump on the bandwagon and widely share the enthusiasm, only to find it was not what it was cut out to be and boom, bang – all over and dead, where we forgot it even existed.
Let us assume that we do not know what Practical Living means in our life.
Let’s say it would be the opposite of Lazy Living.
The following are some Simple examples of what Lazy Living is all about –
- Having no Sleep routine
- Going to bed when we want because we can
- Waking up late in the day because we can
- Not washing up after eating
- Not cleaning up our bedroom
- Never bothering to clean the Toilet
- Leaving the Trash until it stinks and stinks
- Wearing our “Can’t be bothered to Tidy Up” hat on
- Using apps to deliver our food most days
- Never making the effort to cook a meal from scratch
- Doing Online Shopping when the shops are nearby
- Spending more time on Social Media
- Video Gaming where we lose track of the hours spent
- Watching TV every waking hour
- Not having any Focus on everyday work
- Ignoring the basic house jobs that need action
- Always looking at ways to distract from house tasks
- Wanting others to do the domestic jobs
- Relying on others to do our laundry wash
- Having little or no respect for our home
- Having no Standards for the home life in general
- Expecting our neighbours to tidy up our bit outside
- Leaving the garden to the point of neglect
- Getting stuck into a hobby and forgetting about Real life
Practical Living is about taking Action and that means doing something and not sitting on our butts, day in and day out.
Practical Living requires nothing from the head department to dictate or impose or control us with ideas and theory.
Practical Living is about having a sensible and realistic approach to everyday life by applying what works.
In other words, if we have practical things that we can do daily in our life, it will bring us a more solid Foundation.
For example –
It does not matter if your mother or your brother are not coming over to see you – just make the bed and make it well. Pay attention to the detail and if the bed needs a sheet change then Get On with It. Wake up earlier, stop relying on Alarm Clocks when it really is Simple – go to bed early and get off that TV or Social Media.
Practical Living is really about the practical everyday aspects of life that do not go away because we don’t want to do them.
We are not dis-engaged in life, we Focus on the task in hand and that means we are not dis-connected from our body. This helps us to settle and deal with what we need to in life.
That means we Get On with It when it comes to making our bed every day, washing the dishes, cleaning the toilet and emptying the trash to name a few.
What if Practical Living gives us a sense of purpose to equip us with dealing with what the day ahead brings?
What if we can use those daily practical small jobs to keep things in order and flowing in our life?
What if this Flow where things are moving and taken care of creates a rhythm and gives us a marker of what standards we have set in daily life to support us?
AND finally – for those who genuinely want Change…
Simple Living Global have a long list of blogs on this website to support Practical Living.
They come from a writer that walks the talk and that means lives what they are saying and Gets On with It.
(1) (n.d). Lexico. Retrieved April 9, 2021 from