Monday, 3 September 2012

The Beauty of Simplicity

At the end of the day, what really matters are the simple things. The things that we are often not aware of and take for granted. It is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the bed we sleep in that make our lives possible. These are basic, yet vital.  After a long and hectic day of work or school, sometimes all we really need is a good meal and a warm conversation with a friend. In the past few months especially, I found there to be an incredible beauty and greatness in the simple things in life. I realized that the life I want and the life that will bring me fulfillment and happiness is actually quite simple. 

Material things are great in moderation but I find that they often replace the true needs of many people who are spending money on an excessive amount of stuff. 

The truth is that more stuff does not equal more happiness.

Investing in products and services that benefit our well-being and livelihood is good but when we let a materialistic life consume us, our true needs of happiness become drowned.

So really become aware of the simple things in your life that make you feel good. For example:

- A vicious and beautiful thunderstorm
- A warm hug 
- Encouragement from someone who cares
- A fresh bed with clean sheets
- A warm shower
- A good laugh!
- A good run
- A great dinner at home or in a restaurant
- Sharing a smile with a stranger
- Interesting movies on the couch with popcorn
- A good book
- Music that touches your heart
- A lush forest of trees

And much more..

Take a minute to reflect on your life and what you really need. You may realize that it's not as complicated as many make it out to be. What makes you feel fulfilled and at peace at the end of the day? Do you need all the stuff that you have? What of all your things are you using regularly to benefit your well-being? What is just taking up space?

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