“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to 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.” ~ John Burroughs
I have travelled down many roads on my continuing journey in search of inner peace and harmony with myself and Mother Nature. Some were the right roads, some were wrong. Some were happy, some were sad and a few absolute disasters but they all had something in common. They all had lessons along the way and the biggest lesson I have learned is that to be able to take the most out of these lessons is ‘Keeping It Simple.’
Whenever I stripped away the confusion, stopped trying to understand everything and allowed acceptance and appreciation to lead the way I gained the peace and harmony I was seeking. We all so often dismiss the simple things in life because we take them for granted, as being too simple to be of any importance so we dismiss them. Instead we attempt to look deeper inside of ourselves, looking for the answers to questions that we think are ‘important’ to us and complicate our lives by seeking things we will never completely grasp or come to terms with.
We may never fully understand ‘the meaning of life’ but we will get a far, far better understanding of it by stepping back into the realms of simplicity. The simplicity of appreciating everything around us, the things we have, the people we love and certainly in my case – Mother Nature. When you re-learn to do this the facts and figures of ‘the meaning of life’ don’t matter anymore. They are not important and by clearing them out-of-the-way you make room for appreciation. You fill that space with self-love, a love of others and a world of acceptance, forgiveness and peace enters your inner-being. That is all you need to know, in each moment it’s enough and in each new moment more and more acceptance of who and what you are will appear for you to see and appreciate in its fullest and most beautiful form.
So don’t complicate things, don’t try to fully understand everything, accept that some things just are what they are and will be what they will be; including you.