“Spend my days in the sweet sunshine. Rock in my swing, and watch my garden grow. Oh, I wanna live the simple life, yeah.” –Simple Life (Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
I’ve noticed a trend in my life lately…it has to do with how much I am really enjoying the simple things in life. What exactly does that mean? Well, I guess it’s probably a little different for everyone, and for me it looks a little something like this:
-spending a day with my Mom…doing nothing in particular
-home cooked meals with my family
-going on errands with my uncle
-sitting around a bonfire with friends
-stargazing on a beautiful summer night
-listening to live music
-walks with my dog
-coffee with a friend
-dinner out with friends/family to catch up and have a few laughs
-going to the beach
-hanging out on my deck with family and friends
-harvesting veggies from my garden
-a Skype call with a friend who is 4800kms away
These are what might be considered (by some people) to be ‘ordinary’ moments, and they are exactly the kind of moments I suspect I will remember with a special fondness late in life when I’m reflecting back on the things I did with my life.
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~
Now, don’t get me wrong! I am not saying that I don’t have any more dreams and goals or things that I aspire to do; there are many new experiences that I plan to take part in. I will continue to seek out fun and adventure whenever the mood strikes (such as tidal bore rafting or sky diving or going for a ride along in a Nascar at 160 mph). For example, tomorrow I am going to be taking part in my first ever Qigong class – which I am super excited about! And I still love the thought of hopping on a plane and heading off to Ireland or New Zealand or Africa. Travel is something that I love to do (and imagine I always will). I have not given up on growing my business either; I am still happily working on helping my coaching and Reiki clients.
What I AM saying is that while all of that is in the process of happening, I don’t want life to pass me by. I want to spend more time doing the things I love with the people I love – to be consciously aware of what I’m choosing and to choose the things which cause me to feel more alive and make my heart to swell. I want to acknowledge how grateful I am for the life I have, and I believe that having gratitude for the simple moments brings a lot of happiness and even more moments to be grateful for. Besides, I don’t believe there is any such thing as getting ‘there’ – the elusive spot where we have everything, and life is always blissful. However, life IS really, really good just as it is – IF we choose to see it that way.
“Finding joy in simple pleasures paves the way for a peaceful, contented, easy life.”