i have loved it always.
it makes me calm.
it makes me happy.
it’s spare and cool and yes . . .
i suppose . . .
that coming from one happily living
in a landlocked state.
i’ve never been to greece.
but just look at this image.
the special blue and white that is greece.
the land of mythology. and ancient beauty and thought.
and right now they’re not doing so very well.
a lot of unhappy people who have said
they refuse to accept the ‘austerity’ measures of their government.
and i find it strange.
it’s that very austerity of their ancient architecture
that i love.
the simple unadorned lines.
the vibrant blue and pure white. in the hot sun.
it’s an unforgiving climate i think.
but so very lovely and simple
everywhere you look
i do not wish ill will toward anyone in any country.
and they only want what people here want i guess.
the thing people are constantly calling
” a better life! “
which to me translates as “more stuff. “
i can understand needing good health care
and enough food.
and a chance to save for the future.
but i fear that they have bought into the
westernized ‘american dream’ idea perhaps.
perhaps they have.
and if they have
how very sad.
not realizing what is at their own front door.
their country is so beautiful
it saddens me to think that our western way of life
and our values have indoctrinated the entire world now.
people want more and more and more.
and they feel that if they cannot get it
well. then they are living a life less than ‘perfect.’
to the point that people cannot feel happiness
~ which is even better than happiness ~
unless they have all the “STUFF” they are certain the rest of the world has.
before i get cards and letters of complaint.
yes! i admit i’m sure i do not know the entire complicated picture.
i live on a very simple scale. and i see the world more simply than most.
i believe in the concept of
not the concept of
i am thinking what it would be like to live here.
i would be among the poor i’m sure.
for i am not wealthy even in my own country.
as long as i had some shade.
maybe LOTS of shade! LOL. and sunscreen.
a little to eat. a chance to see the sea.
the azure blue sea.
getting close to enough.
if i lived in the slums i would find a way to paint my walls white.
and my door that famous greek blue.
i would eat from chipped plain white dishes.
i would eat black olives and figs and simple food.
i would hope i’d be safe. that is important in life.
the rest of it can be endured.
especially if there is beauty to see the rest of the time.
my few clothes would hang on wooden hooks on the wall.
next to a basket that i would use for market day.
maybe i would work for a wealthy doctor.
maybe i would keep his beautiful home clean.
and when i cleaned his terrace i could look at this vista.
there is beauty everywhere.
it doesn’t have to be contrived and just so.
if we look through eyes that see beyond our circumstances.
LOL. oh yes. of course. the white wicker chair.
think i forgot to take it?
all this white is hurting my eyes.
i’d have to wear hats and a good pair of foster grants. LOL.
or generic foster grants.
probably couldn’t afford foster grants. hee hee.
i know it’s all so much harder than what i make it seem.
or is it?
do we make our own deep waters?
and then wonder why we’re drowning?
the love of a simple life is like a small life boat.
it floats by you and you can take hold.
you can climb in.
and never look back.
and you can arrive on the shore of contentment
safe and sound.
and life will never be the same.
you’re safe now.
you have what you need.
food. i hope.
beauty. even if you have to search for it.
and people who love you. i wish that for you.
and if nobody loves you except the people here at the peanut ~
that is a start. and that is something.
you’re always welcome here old bean.
we accept life here.
but we’re happy imaginers too.
if we want to go to greece. we go.
or exotic india.
but most of all we’re just glad old bean
to be right here.
life is good.
when you have enough.
til soon old bean.