This is what Thoreau said in his famous book, Walden. I have thought about that so many times in my life. I have always wanted to live to that ideal. Like the serene monks you see in pictures. I want to be serene like that. I want to live an uncomplicated life.
I just don’t know how.
I really think I am at a good place in life right now. I have great kids, a wonderful girlfriend, a comfortable house to live in… So why do I have to keep complicating it?
As an example. I keep upgrading my tech. And each upgrade just makes things more complicated as I work on linking the new tech with all my other tech. Okay, I can kind of rationalize this with the fact that my job requires me to be on top of all tech but that’s not really it. I LOVE tech. Seeing new shiny, electronic gizmos just makes me wiggle with joy. But when I try to get it all set up there are always the endless frustrations. Do I need that? No.
I could go on but I don’t want this post to turn into a whine session.
Let me give you a quote I like:
“The best meals come from small houses.”
It may not be apparent but I think this fits. It is uncomplicated, warm and inviting. Simple. That’s what I want to strive for. I think if I can accomplish this not only will I be happier but that simple joy will spread. My kids will be happier. My girlfriend will be happier. Heck, my dog will probably be happier. Although she will probably just look at me from her comfy bed and think “What took you so long?” LOL
It’s like the classic endless summer. You can’t help but be happy when you are around happy people.
It is contagious.
And it is forever.