This month we’re talking about simplicity. Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest we all go live in cabins in the woods without internet or give up all our possessions. Although, either of those may be things you need to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life, you’re ready for a simple fresh perspective, a breath of fresh air if you will. In keeping with that thought, today’s inspiration comes from John Burroughs:
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
There are few places in the world that I’ve been to that there hasn’t been a green space, some trees, or a way to watch the blue sky and puffy clouds go by. The point that John Burroughs is making here isn’t totally about the importance of getting out in nature and enjoying it (although that’s important), but how important satisfaction and peace with life is. It’s not easy to choose to find peace and satisfaction, for most people it’s easier to concentrate on the physical and monetary of life. But when you’re able to discover true satisfaction in life, your life will be richer than any amount of money or posessions could make it.
For many people, finding that peace and satisfaction will require simplifying their lives. It will be necessary to watch less TV, schedule fewer things in your day, hire help, or become more efficient at what you have to do. When you’re 110% booked in life there’s no way you can find time to feel satisfied with what you have and where you are. When you take the time to enjoy the simple things of life you’ll find that you have greater satisfaction, and begin to enjoy the rest of your life more, often because you’re less focused on going and getting done, and more on living.
What are some of the simple things that make life amazing for you?