MISSOURI, October 19, 2017 – Happiness came from being able to appreciate the simple things in life. When we are young, busy learning, growing and being immortal, we tend to take everything for granted. Everything is new and a mystery.
We are constantly in the process of digesting input and making decisions about the future and things that will impact our lives.
As we mature the learning continues, whether we are single, entering the workforce, getting married, becoming a parent, becoming a grandparent, then a great-grandparent and, in some cases, great-great-grandparent, there are always new lessons to be learned.
Life has its cycles and as we live out those cycles there new joys and sorrows. Now to the point that I want to make. Along this highway of life, we are so busy growing and taking care of business that we don’t stop to smell the flowers.
Maybe that is left for the mature citizens.
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With age comes the time to stop and think about the simple things of life, of which there are many. Have you ever really looked at a flower and noticed the beauty? Or the bees that extract the nectar? Birds in flight are wondrous to watch. Or watching their family grow, from building their nests to protecting and feeding their young. How about the ants and their busyness?
Have you ever taken a walk on the beach as the sun was rising with the quietness of the morning? Your ear is attuned to the slap-slap of the waves on the shore and your face is refreshed by the sweetness of the breeze. Your bare feet touch the sand and the sky provides a blue backdrop displaying beautiful billowing clouds.
How about a walk in the park or the woods, which provides a different beauty but is just as rewarding, especially in the spring and fall of the year? Many people travel to the northeastern part of the United States to observe the flaming color of the plentiful trees during the fall season of the year.
How divine is this simple experience of life!
Appreciation for the simple things helps us understand what life is all about. It is the simple surroundings that are free for all of us to enjoy and provide us varying degrees of contentment and happiness during this cycle of our lives.
Enjoy the multitude of simple things that we are given without any cost, and you will derive some degree of happiness.
The generation of the Great Depression and World War II know how to be survivors. We learned to do without when we had to and fought hard to succeed despite the obstacles. There were “years of struggle” in many ways, but also years of great joy. We had a firm foundation on which to build our lives by embracing the high moral standards of the Christian faith and the solid social values of a nation united “under God.”
Who will be this generation’s geniuses, explorers, inventors, and leaders? We could look around us and be discouraged, wondering if this generation of young people will have the strength of character and firm value system that will help them survive.
However, that’s a time and place I am from-