On living simpler

“We knew not our happiness until we lost it.”

With the economy melting down before our very eyes, now is the time to take stock in what truly makes us happy.  Can we live simpler lives and still be happy?  I think so…

No doubt that it is very traumatic to watch our savings, retirement funds and college savings plans evaporate, and my heart goes out to anyone who has had to suffer through a foreclosure.  The job losses are staggering – and scary.  When and where it will end no one seems to know, so we continue to gut it out, hold our breath, and hope for the best.

Perhaps now is the time to take stock of those things that make us truly happy, and to remember that they are not all possessions.  Though we may all suffer losses during these tumultuous economic times, we stand to gain in the end if we re-connect with the simpler joys in our lives.  Things will turn around, but it will take time and it will not be easy.  But maybe we should take this time to learn to live simpler lives and appreciate the happiness that comes from family and friends.

Simple to say, hard to do – I know that.

~ by chuckmattina on October 14, 2008.

One Response to “On living simpler”

  1. Living simpler takes time and commitment and may be one of the most creative of adventures. In the midst of chaos, comes order and opportunity. When you think about it our world was built one neighborhood at a time with people who actually knew and enjoyed each other. That doesn’t sound all that bad.

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