Monday, November 10, 2008

Simplicity

Clarity of expression and austerity in embellishment. I'd have to say those are my favorite definitions of simplicity.

As I was walking to class the other day, I couldn't help but wonder at the beautiful sights that surrounded me. The autumn wind was playfully pulling the leaves off the trees, and they came swirling down around me like premature snow brightly colored orange and yellow and red. I smiled as one hit me squarely on the nose, and inhaled the scent of the changing seasons - the air smelled like winter (I will argue to my dying day that winter has a scent) and the sky was clear and blue and dotted with cotton candy clouds. I listened to the crunch of leaves beneath my feet and the distant song of geese heading south for the winter. & I was happy. How could I not be when so much simple beauty was around me? ...

I love the lavish things in life. I'll be the first to admit that I like jewelry, good shoes, shopping, trips to the spa, a delicious cappuchino, egyptian cotton, martinis, imported chocolate and traveling (to name a few).

But I'll also tell you, wholeheartedly, that I have a pure, unconditional love for all things simple. A beautiful scene like the above autumn walk, dinner with family, a good book and a fire, a baby's smile, kisses, true friendship, sunrise (sunset), the calm after the first snowstorm...

I know there are other individuals who feel the way I do, but it often seems like i'm surrounded by people who don't - people who are too rushed and too hurried to enjoy the simple things - the kinds of things which, in my opinion, make all the difference in life. It's so easy to get caught up in this crazy game called living that you can forget to stop. pause. breathe. look around. enjoy.

Life can be hard, to be sure, but there are so many beautiful aspects which, if you let them, make the "sweet" part of this bittersweet world much richer, and the "bitter" part less harsh.

Sometimes my friends wonder at my outlook - at my ability to smile so freely and laugh so often. &nd I suppose I can't blame them. Even one of my young cousins bluntly wondered at my attitude one day.

"I don't trust you - you're weird."

"How am I weird?!" I questioned, amused.

"You're so happy all the time. It's weird. No one's as happy as you are!"

That's a gross exaggeration of course, because I do have my moments of sadness, but the way I see it, i've got more to be happy about than not. Kenny Chesney & Dave Matthews seem to sum it up well in their new song "I'm Alive" ... You don't have to be a fan of either artist to appreciete these timeless lyrics.

So damn easy to say that life's so hard
Everybody's got their share of battlescars
As for me, I'd like to thank my lucky stars
that I'm alive and well
It'd be easy to add up all the pain
and all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
dwell on the wreckage as it smoulders in the rain -
but not me. I'm alive.
&nd today, you know, that's good enough for me
breathing in and out's a blessing, can't you see?
Today's the first day of the rest of my life
&nd I'm alive and well

XOXO

5 comments:

Roxy said...

good atitude and a great way to view life. It just to short to see it any other way. YOUR not wierd! You've just discovered what takes most people 40 to 50 years to see.
Enjoy the finer things in life is no sin, enjoy, be happy

I like your blog and your writing very creative and inspiring

Dr. Bertrand Dawson said...

The train I take to visit my family passes a billboard with 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life'. Sends shivers up my spine everytime. I thought everyone went back and forth between the appreciative and the bitter archetypes, but you seem to have managed to secure yourself to the former. I've never been so green. Tell me how this is accomplished. In any case, it's something to meditate on.

meili_lo said...

true, there are a lot of beuatiful things in life =) i always believe life is like a chocolate cake. we may not like the flour, but it has to be there to make the cake. we can't have all chocolates =0)

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Jane Opal said...

I wish I could appreciate all of God's little blessings more often, but I'm just as guilty as the next person of getting caught up in all of the other aspects of life.

Don't loose that perspective!

inevitable said...

This is great.

Inspiring and encouraging.

Have a great day. You are a lovely writer.