Friday, July 31, 2009

The Good Life

"The Good Life" is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.

John Burroughs (18371921) put it like this: "To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring these are some of the rewards of the simple life."

Those who take time to find pleasure in the ordinary DO live differently. The simple difference is this: because they have learned to live simply, they have learned to live.

Steve Goodier


Mrs. E said...

Absolutely true! When I am discouraged with life-- I go outside. It just makes me happy! Have a wonderful weekend--and thanks for reminding me how important it is to appreciate this beautiful earth!

Chris said...

Well put!

L. D. Burgus said...

Those are great thoughts. I use to say when I was about to retire, give me a good cup of coffee and a nice place to sit down and I will be ok. My rich brother who is so busy making money repeated that to someone when I was listening in, and I thought maybe there is hope for him to change his philosophy. Have a great weekend.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

How our thoughts are enriched as we dig away in our garden. And how time passes by so effortlessly as we get 'lost' among our plants. Thank God!