Did we take life’s simple pleasures for granted?

The View From This Shore

“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

There was a time when all we needed to do, in order to relax was to switch on the TV and lounge on the couch. Nowadays, this very act means switching through a plethora of TV channels trying to desperately find something ‘good’ to watch, although we already know that something good isn’t there anymore. Once we get through the first fifty disappointing programs and then having the foreboding feeling of more disappointment to come, we go back to that one program we dismissed with the hopes of finding a better one, only to see that it is finishing already. The manual labour involved in watching modern…

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  1. I Love this post!! So many things in it are so true. Since my mother-in-law passed away in April, the Hubs and I have definitely stepped back to look at things differently. Not that we didn’t enjoy life or people or the cherished things before, it is just that now we see them much more different–more in depth now. The Hubs has always been a workaholic and is now realizing that some things can wait (like things that should be done around the farm), while other things just can’t wait (like spending time visiting with family/friends/etc) and a person just needs to take the time to do that. Like I said, it isn’t that we didn’t enjoy those things before and take time out for them before, we just do it more often now and are more in the moment when we do those things–not thinking about what we should/could be doing or the list of things that need to get done or what have you.

    I also believe many people make their own lives complicated–in things they think they need to have/do/etc. Not many people live the simple life any more, which is a shame. Too many people are rushing around in life nonstop and aren’t enjoying any part of life.

    I wish everyone could read this post. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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