I have a problem sometime with getting to sleep and when I do I often compose blog posts in my head while waiting for sleep(wierd I know). I know that over the last couple of months I haven't posted often but like a lot of middle America right now we are struggling financially and sometimes when I feel weighted down with worry I find that I just don't have a lot to say. I still visit each of you though I need to comment more because you all inspire me so much..It has been over these many months that I have come to a conclusion and that is that if we look back to ourselves as children we will find the simple thing that still bring contentment to us as adults and most often these things are not expensive.
As a child growing up I didn't have many material things but we had a local library and from a very early age I went every week. I think from this came my deep and abiding love of books and the written word.Literature and Books have always been my solace and comfort when I was sad or lonely and my magic carpet that took me on adventures to exotic places and peoples and still does. I am happiest reading and this hobby costs very little and is available to everyone who has a local library.
The other great love of my childhood was being outdoors. I lived in a rural area and when I was a tween spent most of my summer days in the woods looking at plants,animals, birds , the sky and listening to the symphony of the wind in the cathedral of pine trees in my native south. I think from this comes my love to this day for the outdoors, birdwatching ,gardening and just observing nature and the world around me.
In the present day I find that both of these still give me the most pleasure outside of my family and animals and both cost very little .
I think it would do us all good to search our souls and find that place as a child that we were most happy and try to find that simple joy in our adult life.It is what I am searching for this summer. What are you searching for this summer?
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."~Thomas Moore, 19th century poet
I just post a book review over at The Mermaids Bookshelf stop by and take a look.