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Thursday, July 25, 2013

All That Matters is a Simple Life

This post is written as a part of ‘All that Matters‘ contest at in association with INK Live 2013.

In our life there comes a time when we look back and think what have I achieved ? I think about it quiet often. Big degrees, payrolls, comfortable but cluttered life, technology, modern means of living are these the answers of my question? I aint satisfied, it leaves me craving, still craving for an answer.
Fast paced life, busy routine, no time for relations or yourself. Is this what we really want? Does all this really matter?
I sincerely think what is the meaning of life? or what does really matter?
In the process of exploring my limits, my strength in todays world, have I forgotten to explore myself from within?

Then the answer which I already knew, starts voicing itself from some corner within me. These things don't give me happiness, they have just become a way of life.
What really attracts me are the simple pleasures, little things, a smile, a cup of coffee in the rain, watching the rainbow, blooms, the tinkle of bells, the gushing river, the warmth of bonfire, snuggle in the blanket, a nice book, a home cooked meal, laughter, pitter patter of raindrops, wind in my hair, relationships, family, love, compassion, a hug, a helping hand, a light kiss, to sum it all -- A Simple Life.
I do not like my life to be cluttered with things I do not need. Great goals don't aspire me. Simplicity is the joy of my life. The simplicity of the era gone by. Simplicity in relations, work, goals, life.
Where family meant everything. Relations were above everything else. Where community was small, but hearts were big. Everybody were not just mere acquaintances but good friends. Where schedule was relatively empty but life was full. Memories were plenty. Health was not something one had to work towards. Every moment was enjoyed and life was lived with appreciation and meaning.
Living amidst nature and breathing fresh air was lifestyle and not a vacation. Houses were adorned with gardens and animals and not expensive showpieces.

All that Matters is this Simple Life.  A life amidst nature, a small self sufficient house, a gurgling stream with clear water, trees with fresh fruits and flowers, chirping of birds and clean pure air. A beautiful garden with puppies and hens. A new adventure everyday, a new beginning to every day. Loving family and friends, endearing relationships and happy kids. Discovering the meaning of life in its most simple form, the way it is created, the way it is meant to be.

I am not against technology. Just in search of the balance somewhere in between. I believe in satiating needs not wants. Simplicity is a precious jewel to be adorned to make life beautiful and meaningful. I believe I am not alone, there are many people who are giving away their ultra comfortable life and top jobs and coming back to their roots in search of a simple life to attain happiness.
I have already mentioned this in my earlier posts- salary is not the measure for happiness, it increases comforts but comforts don't increase happiness. I want to earn enough to satisfy my needs (needs should satiate your happiness not desire).

I have said this many a times that all that matters are the simple things, simple pleasures of life that money cant buy.
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All That Matters - Happiness of a simple life.

Its my dream to live one day self sufficiently amidst nature, a simple life. Treasure each moment and live it completely. A cozy home where I meet all my needs, where I live happily with my family. A simple yet a beautiful life.

A poem I stumbled upon --

Simple Life

Life is a beautiful dream
Though it may not always so seem
Look at the flowers that surround us
They appear and disappear without a fuss
As do the birds in the sky
They just continue as long as they can to fly
I watch in awe as the cows lazily graze
They are in no hurry to reach fields of maize
The juicy grass is good enough
They are not chasing after better stuff
It is only we who are not satisfied
Until we have all life's luxuries tried
We go far and wide in search of fun
And when we face problems we just run
This is a lesson we need to learn
From lesser creatures how to earn
Happiness from the simple things in life
Leaving aside complexities and strife

Live simple - Live Happy


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