I read a book recently, A Quaker Book of Wisdom, and just loved it. I was enamored by the simple way the author talked about life. It brought to me an ache to have an appreciate for my life in a way I’m not sure I have fully got my head around yet. While the author had some very specific points made I believe his main idea was about simplicity. I’ve been thinking about it a little bit and wondering if we have really lost some simple pleasures in our lives or if humanity has always made things more complicated then it needs to be.
When I think about simplicity I think about Andrew Odom and his family’s Tiny r(E)volution. He, his wife, and child are living in a small spot of land in rural NC in a tiny house. And the whole reason is to find real meaning in this madness we call life. It takes real courage to live like that and I’m not sure I have it in me to live that way.
But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t find and enjoy simple pleasures. I’ve been trying to make a list of them and really look for, and appreciate them each day, cause they are usually always there.
Here are some of my ideas:
- Hot coffee
- A beautiful sunrise (or sunset)
- Great music
- Giggling with my children
- Fuzzy blankets
- The moon, stars and sky
- A great meal
- Fresh cut grass
- Sound of water
- Real time with friends
I’m sure I could add a bunch more but this is what came to mind right away. What is your simple pleasure?