Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I had a great post ready to go for today, but we had friends over for dinner and got to talking about the simple things in life which compelled me to write this post. There is so much noise in today's world. For starters, technological advancements dominate society. We can't walk one block without checking email or updating our status about what we ate for lunch. I can't tell you how many times I see people out at dinner typing on their phone. Conversation has gone electronic, even when a live human being is sitting next to you.
Everyone wants everything immediately, only to move on to the next material thing in five minutes. It if isn't bigger and faster, it is not better. I fell like everything is moving 100 miles a minute, and if you don't want to miss out you better get on the train because it left yesterday.
I've always envied those people who embrace a "laid back" lifestyle or who can meditate for hours on end. My grandfather grew up during the Great Depression, and that experience really shaped his life. He worked hard, saved all his money and made a satisfying life for himself in the country. To him, life was all about enjoying family, savoring the tastes of homegrown fruits, and watching the sunset. I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed the taste of a great piece of fruit.
Now don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe in technology and love that we live in a time of great innovation. That said, I do want more simplicity in my life and believe that I can achieve it while still enjoying the wonderful technological advancements of our time. Maybe the solution is as easy as limiting my television and computer time each night and playing cards with Jimmy.
So, how do we slow down and really focus on the moment and enjoy the things in life that are free? I don't know the answer, but I do know that it takes a conscious effort and doesn't come as naturally as I'd hoped.
How do you simplify your life?
a simple sandcastle
a staircase to open air
a peaceful place
a calming scene