this is one of my favorite pictures of the marine.
even with big ole’ scratches on his sunglasses. which means more than you know.
the t shirt was a birthday present from his son.
that’s my arm there.
he looks very amazingly the same these days.
with the one exception that his hair and mustache are completely silver now.
but he’s built the same. no weight gained unhealthily in all these years.
well. how could it be? he walks and hikes constantly!
we had lunch at our favorite restaurant yesterday.
he told me about the 22 miles they walked last saturday
you know . . . for children’s cancer research.
the organization cancelled the hike in the mountains due to snow and ice.
but they walked 22 miles of trails around a big forested lake in arkansas.
it was about 7 degrees. that’s cold in any condition. but WALKING 22 miles in it!
kinda like the scratches on his sunglasses. he just pays no attention to the little
irritations of life.
we talked today about life in general.
his favorite saying seems to be ” it is what it is.”
he started saying that after his beloved chris died.
he lost her to cancer as you know . . . two years ago.
we were talking esoteric things today. or rather . . . I WAS!
he finally said
” tam. who knows? i don’t even think it’s worth discussing really.
it uses a lot of energy and we still wind up not really knowing. who knows? “
he often gives me food for thought. i grow from times with him.
i like his simplicity. he thinks deeply. but he communicates simply.
it’s elegant. he speaks in a simple elegant way.
he would no doubt not appreciate that statement. he’s a private man.
and he wouldn’t use the word elegant about himself!
nor would he appreciate me writing about him here i suppose.
but. after all it IS my blog !
but what i mean is . . .
there is a spareness about him which i like. he thinks in a spare way.
i don’t. i wish i did.
for all my love of simplicity . . . my mind is a cluttered MESS !!!! LOLOL.
oh . . .
i have the living simply thing in the bag. i have lived simply for as long
as i can remember really.
but this coming year . . .
when we love to ‘ turn over a new leaf ‘ in our book of life here
i want to simplify my thinking. my approach to life itself.
i am excited about that! i am old bean!
i want to GROW! . . . in that direction!
i’ve collected a few famous quotations about simplicity.
if it’s something you’re interested in too . . . you will enjoy them i think.
there is something so lovely
in thinking about the beauty of simplicity in our lives.
especially this time of year . . .
when people tend to take on too much . . .
to accept every invitation . . . to fix every goody . . .
to shop til they drop . . . ???? !!!!!
so i will start with this one. it will be my favorite i think for the new year.
” life is simple. you just have to stop trying to figure it out. “
~ marty rubin
” you have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you need. “
~ vernon howard
get ahead. so you can buy even more!
” haven’t you heard? old buy is dead. “
my gram used to say that to me when i asked to buy something in a store.
for the longest time i couldn’t figure out who this Old Buy was !!! LOLOL.
” beware of the barrenness of a busy life “
there is beauty in simplicity.
impoverished people seem to collect THINGS. they may not even have enough
food to eat. and yet I’ve noticed . . . if you go into really impoverished areas . . .
there are rusting and discarded pieces of junk and sometimes hundreds of items
littering the yard or the home.
i cannot help wonder.
where does it all come from? why do they have it? what does it add to their life?
and yes. there was a time that i knew hunger in my life. and no.
not for long. i found a job and got back on my feet. it was after bob died. i wrote about it i think.
yes. we had insurance. but we were young. no catastrophic clause.
and cancer tends to wipe out everything. everything.
i only lived out of my car for about 6 weeks. but it was long enough to know . . .
it can happen to anyone easier and quicker than you think.
you get sick. you lose your job. bills to pay. that you didn’t even make.
it takes its toll. but boy is it a training for LIFE. period!
i’m actually glad that time in my life happened. it was scary. but i got stronger for it.
so . . . i feel like i’m not totally ‘an outsider’ who cannot speak of poverty with any credibility.
though mine did not last that long. thank goodness.
it was real. and it was enough.
in this country of SO MUCH CONSUMERISM . . . do the poor try to gather all that stuff
simply thinking it is good to have? we’ve all seen it. driving through parts of the country.
usually breathtakingly beautiful country too . . . and there are all these places
with rusting pieces of cars and old washing machines and ragged old sofas and JUNK.
outside in the front yard.
one wonders . . . if all that’s in the yard . . . what’s in the house?
did you know? i believe this to be true. and . . . I KNOW there are ALWAYS exceptions.
but it can be done. you can live a simple
while living in poverty.
simplicity is the answer.
if i ever found myself living in real poverty . . .
i would rather have one clean bowl. one spoon. one cup. one glass.
and a clean little room. give me no junk. no hundreds of “pretties” that get broken and rust.
let me feel safe. that would be worth all the “pretties” in the world to me.
give me air. and space. and just enough food. and warmth. and a few simple clothes.
and maybe a picture to love and to feed my soul.
we seem to have replaced the beauty of simplicity with the mindset of
ever and ever and ever
especially this time of year. the holidays.
i saw an ad on television the other day.
it was some technical item . . . i don’t even know what they all are anymore . . .
there’s just TOO MANY different kinds of them! LOL.
the ad said in loud voices . . .
” AND IT’S ONLY 499.95 ! ! ! “
and as if you should RUSH right out and BUY that!
good lord. that’s REALLY ~ FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
which is REALLY ~ HALF OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS !!!
for one christmas present for the kid ????
sorry. somebody help me here. have we totally lost the grip on all this?
or am i just an old scrooge?
it is hard to be poor always. but to be poor in this country . . .
in this country of excess . . . there seems to be a poverty and a dereliction of
the very spirit. we have lost the beauty. the sense of beauty in having ONLY what we need.
there can be elegance in poverty.
the monasteries all over the world prove that.
NOT saying we should live like in a monastery!!! i can hear your rebuttal now. LOL.
i only mention all this because i was probably considered poor when i was growing up.
actually more in the early years . . . when my parents were very young.
but you know something old bean? i never felt poor !
my mother had grown up with very fine things. a cultured life in upstate new york.
she met my long tall handsome Texan father and fell head over heels for him !
the war was on. they hardly had time to know each other. he was shipped overseas.
later she found he valued three things . . .
in that order!!! LOLOL.
my mother knew the beauty in simplicity. and the elegance of a few real treasures.
i learned from her i think . . . that one can be rich or poor . . . it’s really all in how you look at it!
she NEVER said a word about the way she’d been accustomed to living before. NEVER.
she simply went about creating beautiful little homes for us wherever we were.
now. there was a true lady.
she believed in white paint !!! LOLOL.
she usually talked the landlord ~ in whatever new house ~ in whatever new state we were living
. . . that . . . if SHE did the painting . . . would HE buy the paint?
i cannot remember a single time ‘he’ ever turned her down!
and then she and i would spend a whole weekend painting every room in the house.
we had little. it was easier to move. and we moved a lot because my dad would be transferred.
every transfer usually meant a promotion for him. steps up the ladder.
but even after we could afford a different way of life . . . we still lived very simply.
good life lessons for this economy we’re in now old bean!
you’ve seen this before here on the peanut. but it’s probably worth seeing again !
i put it here for MYSELF! but always happy to share! LOL.
it’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap in this world. today.
it’s what madison avenue hopes we will do!
they make us think we should all be looking like and living like celebrities! good grief.
who really wants that?
” who is rich? he who rejoices in his portion. “
and so . . .
here’s to living a life of simplicity that is JUST RIGHT for YOU !!!
everyone is different !!! that’s the beauty of it right there.
it’s only the basic principle that is valuable . . .
. . . and the true bringer of joy and simple happiness.
these are only thoughts. on simpler living. by one person.
you will have your own thoughts. but it is worth thinking about!
my house is simple. my life is simple.
my mind is the cluttered room. oh so cluttered always.
and it shows terribly in my writing.
good grief Charlie brown. i’m already at 1259 words right here! RIDICULOUS.
see what i mean?
it is my desire to SIMPLIFY these posts.
you will start to see a real difference in peanut on the table i hope.
maybe not until the new year. but surely then.
i want to think a little more like the marine.
i want to use my energy in a good way. not just chatter to chatter.
” the greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. “
~ steve maraboli
i will be using fewer words i hope and saying more.
now. this is happy.
i wouldn’t mind looking like her.
see what i mean about that comparison thing!!! LOLOLOL
it can just slip up on you old bean!!! it doesn’t ALWAYS have to be about stuff!
” one day I will find the right words. and they will be simple. “
~ jack kerouac
” you must speak straight
so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts. “
~ Cochise. Chief of the Apaches
and we never spoke straight.
we still don’t.
naps are simple.
naps are free!
and if you can nap with something furry . . .
that nap is simply wonderful!
and as far as i know . . .
these are still free too . . .
courtesy: captain. the manatee fritters blog.
til soon old bean.