My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. J. Brotherton
It seems as I grow older, I do not care as much for possessions. I don’t know when this piece of wisdom came to me, as it’s slowly infiltrating my essence. One time I wanted gemstone rings and beautiful clothing. I wanted a nice house with great furniture. I wanted bookcases with books galore. I wanted….
When did it change? My wants no longer follow me around. They are more in line with my needs. I need good nutritious foods to sustain me. I need clean water. I need warm clothing to protect me from the rain, snow, dampness, coldness. I need my friends and family more than ever. I need to try new adventures. I need to hear music and to dance. I need to read only words that inspire me or make me think. I need peace in my life.
There is no more keeping up with the Jones. A house that doesn’t leak or have mice is sufficient. Sometimes I think I could live in a small cabin in the woods! I don’t need matching clothes and jewelry to feel good. I don’t need to have the body that I had when I was twenty years old to be happy. I don’t need to do a lot of things any more. Now that I’m retired I decide what I do each day. I can stay away from department stores and malls, and be happy with a trip to the supermarket once a week to get some nutritious food.
It seems that having lived over fifty years, I am more interested in living a simpler life. I like to try meditation, reiki, reflexology, therapeutic touch and other modalities to improve my energy, and ultimately my life! I need to get some exercise each day, in the fresh air.
So every now and then, no matter where you live, you can come across a good quote that you really know what it means. The fewness of my wants! Yes, my wants are few these days. I do still want to do that trip around the world. But other than that I want to keep in touch with my children and grandchildren, to let them know that I am there for them when they need me. I want to spend quality time with my husband and friends. I want to search for God in each person, no matter who he/she is.
I believe that contemplation is good for the soul. Have you read or heard a quote recently that inspired you? How about sharing it with us?
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