The headlines can be discouraging: pick up a paper (sorry, I'm old school); rather, click on any news story or current events blog: the economy, the latest job report, government issues, politicians with six-figure salaries having tantrums...it's enough to make a grown man cry.
Yet, there is a bright light on every bleak horizon.
Life is good. It is good. When you can walk outside and see a beautiful blue sky, it's good. When you can walk to your car, you're blessed - not only because you have a car, but because you can walk. When you can breathe without coughing, or lend someone a helping hand - you're blessed. When you can play with your dog or make a simple dinner and enjoy it with a glass of wine, well...it doesn't get much better than that.
Life isn't meant to be complicated. In fact, life itself isn't complicated; people make it complicated. Consider a simple loaf of crusty semolina drizzled with olive oil, imbibe a glass of deep, rich red Malbec; breathe in mushrooms, onions and garlic sizzling in a pan. Slowly savor a small bowl of ice cream coated in sprinkles.
We don't need politicians to have a good life - nor do we need a six-figure salary, or the government making the right decisions or even a stable economy. Hard work, sacrifice, simplifying, paring down, letting go; suddenly, you can breathe again. A quiet walk in the woods, a good book (or THE good book), a crackling fire, a gentle touch. None of these involve money or debt; these are offered to all of us.
I think we all could use a reboot. Time to slow down and introduce a little simplicity into our lives. Time to reflect on how lucky we really are. Time to pray and soothe our spirit; time to sit on the quiet, sunlit waters. The glorious gifts of God and His earth cost nothing. It's time to reconnect with the simple life.
Sharon L. Cece © 2013