- WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY -
I think much about what it is that really makes me happy
and gives me that authentic feeling
of being alive,
not regretting something in the past
not concerned about tomorrow.
Here's a list of things I know for sure gives me that good feeling:
much free time to reflect and to just be
time to be creative
time to write
time to do things that is not supposed to give income
time to do other things than those I have to do
As few material possessions as possible
not much to decide between
nor much to take care of
to tidy and clean and mend and iron.
Things of quality
things made to last
so that I can trust this thing to be with me for a long time
to be part of my life
a sort of friend
I can rely on will be there for me
when I need it.
Things made of natural materials,
good to the touch,
bring a feeling of connectedness
so that when I use a tool made of wood
or put on a linen dress
I can feel nature
beneath my hands,
in my heart.
less to process, to consider, to choose from and decide between.
To see the result of the labour of my hands
that hands-on feeling
with the natural world
the soil in the garden
the cookie doug
knitting a baby scarf
turning the pages of a book
the feeling of charcoal
under my fingers
when I draw.
To dwell on the magic of the world,
to slow down
as much as it takes
to really see the wonder
to really feel that we are, all of us, part of that wonder
the goodness of nature
the godness of nature?
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