In the world we live in today the mentality is often “MORE. MORE. MORE!” It’s as if people think the more we have, the better off we are, the happier we are or the more we’ve accomplished. At the end of the day, what can more money or materialistic items give you?
Sure, it can buy you a fancy dinner, a round of drinks for your friends at the bar, and a closet full of clothes that you never wear just to name a few. That’s great and all, but it still can’t fulfill our desire to be happy or loved.
Many of us have too much to even see what truly makes us happy. That’s the sad part about the world we live in today.. We could start by looking at the people around us. Odds are, despite our material possessions, we each likely have friends, family, a pet, or something that gives us purpose.
Something that shows us that money isn’t everything, but memories can last a lifetime. Less is more.
As I lay here in my hammock, surrounded by good friends, chirping birds & that one menacing little squirrel that can’t seem to figure out which tree to climb, I can’t help but soak in the peacefulness and beauty of the world around me.
It could be the smell of the fresh, pine filled breeze, or the warm feeling you get from the sun as it bronzes your neck just a little too much. Who knows, maybe it’s the sound of the boats gliding across the water down below, or maybe, the constant noises of nature chiming in from all around you.
Whatever it is, it provides feelings of contentment and comfort— a feeling as if I’ve temporarily escaped reality. Despite the battles I’m fighting, issues I’m facing, or decisions I need to make, a little time between the pines always seems to do me well. It amazes me how staring into the treetops for just a few minutes can completely impact my mindset and outlook on this journey we call ‘life’ in such a positive and uplifting way.
Here’s to making the most of this journey and to admiring all it’s beauty along the way.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -RWE