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Being Happy

Sunday, June 30, 2013

He is rich who is content with the least: for contentment is the wealth of nature." Socrates

Do you ever hear some people I will be happy when ,I have more money, have a better job, go on vacation , get a haircut. Sadly they don't know how to be happy and content in the moment.

When I was 13 we had a house fire. We were extremely lucky to all make it out alive. We lost everything and had no insurance. That was the summer I learned how to be content with very little.

One day I was lounging outside on a blanket under the trees ,and my grandma came to me. She said , she was sorry we lost everything our clothes, our furniture , my records , my home homemade candle's collection. Then she said something to change my life " But isn't it nice to sit in the cool breeze under these trees with your grandma, We had some great times this summer. "" I am glad you are here with me. "

I have taken that lesson with me always . I am content at work when I make my green ice tea for break. I am content to sit with a book and read under the trees. I am content harvesting my garden. I am content walking with my daughter around the neighborhood. I am content when my son cooks us up something nutritious and healthy.
Please learn to be happy with the little things, the sounds of nature, the sun on your face the wind in your hair. Be happy when you hear thunder and rain and be happy the flowers are growing. When it is snowing and the sun comes out go for a walk and be happy you are alive to see the day.

Money and things do not buy happiness. You do when you take care of yourself and eat healthy and exercise , especially in nature. You do when you are thankful for the little things in life. When you are happy for the people you love and the friends that you cultivate. when you are happy to just sit still and be , whether praying, meditating or reading.

I hope the day finds you happy my friends , if not look to nature for a helping hand. Hugs
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    A very insightful blog. If we all could just be content with what we already have, the world would be a better place. HUGS!
    1720 days ago
    We need to count our blessings....big and small. Your grandma sounds like she was a wonderful lady.
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    1720 days ago
    Thank you, I grew up homeless, I was loved and I felt happy. More likely I should call it content. I am happy to read someone else likes contentment. I am 69 years young and I very rarely hear the word happy or content in our society. I am so delighted you posted this blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    We have a lot in common. I had a similar experience and learned very early in life to be happy with the basics. Everything else is icing on the cake.
    1721 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Really love what your grandma said, yes to be content with the simple things in like, very enjoyable. Thank you for this. emoticon
    1721 days ago
    emoticon blog and I completely agree! I use to be one of those people that thought, I'll be happy if I can just have...or get.... but then of course, once I got...I wanted / "needed" something else. Several years I had a fairly common surgery to remove my gall bladder and nearly died because the doctor failed to put me back on my lifelong med's while in the hospital after the surgery. I lost parts of my memory and it took me a year before I was back to normal and had regained most of my memories back. After that, I had a whole new outlook on life. I appreciated everything around me. I learned to be happy with what I have. Yeah, it would be nice if I had the money to do more things like go back out to Colorado to visit family. While, I work towards being able to do that, I am happy with my life. I have a husband who loves me, I have a nice home on 10 beautiful acres of land near the Mark Twain National Forest. I get to sit out on my patio and not hear other people. I have a lot to be happy about and am happy about. I am content with what I have and with my life overall. emoticon emoticon
    1721 days ago
    I "liked" this cos I think more need to see it and listen to what you say. I don't want monetary things as much as to be content althuogh my life is such a turmoil with long term but oh well.........
    HUGS and have a great day.
    1721 days ago
    emoticon for sharing and writing such a great blog! ........ Beautiful values you share and so true! .......... We have been on 'both sides of the fence' so to speak ........... and one thing is for sure ............... Whether you have little or abundance, appreciate it , be thankful and be content! ........... I love it!!!
    (also--thanks for your comment recently on my blog!) .............. I am going to savor every minute of this day .......... emoticon
    1721 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    My partner is not only content with what he has, but happy to give a lot of it away! Thanks for sharing the wisdom, and reminding us that overconsumption is not the road to happiness. emoticon emoticon
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  • DIANE7786
    Your grandma story is great. I'm also happy with simple things. Those who will be happy when...are never happy because they always want another "thing."
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