“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Half light and shadows as the morning comes into view.
Reflections and sunlight as the day rises.
The silent beauty of the morning is a template for us all to follow into day…quiet simplicity.
Gazing around the cottage as I follow through on early morning rituals.
Checking where Sammy-Bear spent the night, opening the door for Jack to go out…
Lighting the stove to boil the kettle…
Looking for where I put my camera last evening, for I should record this ethereal beauty of the early morning…
Finally, making my pot of coffee and stepping out to embrace the day…
The morning, the blessed morning…where all is possible.
May the Goddess of the morning touch your heart with delight.
May you be released into day, free from negativity and matters you do not control.
Embrace your day…it’s a blessing!
“When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.”
― Sydney Smith
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Some friends of mine called the other day.
They were off to Sligo to do their Christmas shopping.
The list of what they had to buy was long and detailed…three children and lots of family living close by!
Whilst here, they collected Holly, Ivy, lots of other greenery, as well as a small Christmas tree, which they left down by the gate to collect later on.
Back inside the cottage, warming ourselves by the stove in the kitchen and drinking mugs of hot tea, they remarked on the similarity between my lifestyle and that of the television series, “The Good Life.”
I won’t expand too much on the series as you can always look it up on YouTube and have a laugh at my expense…
So, what exactly can be called a “good life?”
And here, we’re talking in terms of lifestyle choices, rather than anything too holy!
I could draw up a list of all the things that make my life feel good, but, instead, I shall condense it all into one little word.
For the past few months I have been endeavouring to make my life as simple as possible, by giving away as much as I do not want…clothes, books, household items…and painting furniture to bring it all together.
The result is very satisfying…less stuff to move around, fall over, gather dust and fret about and, more simple elegance.
Did you know that Coco Chanel built an empire on that very theme, Simple Elegance.
Her little black dress, well cut suit and No.5 perfume are still as popular as ever they were!
Living the “Good Life,” is not all about muck and wellies, no…it’s about lots of simple elegance too!
Ask Missy, she knows where to sit to look her best!
Part one of The Good Life, Christmas special 1977…
Simplicity of living is much sought after these days.
There are television programmes and magazines devoted to the simple life.
We are drawn towards images of romantic simplicity…think of all the wonderful books translated into gorgeous films that espouse life before the Industrial Revolution.
I have to admit an interest here, as my most read novel is Pride and Prejudice and favourite film is the translation of that book onto the big screen by Deborah Moggach, directed by Joe Wright.
It is simply exquisite in it’s attention to detail that reflects the beautiful simplicity of everyday life.
And that is what we have been seeking, through consumption, for several chaotic decades now…a return to the simple life.
So, let’s define the simple life.
Well, it is simple enough to define, for it simply means, “less of!”
Yet all the media, while espousing the simple life, cheer-leads us to consume more.
So, I urge you to read the book and see the film.
Within the romantic idealism of past times there sits a very clear message…less is more.
De-clutter your life.
Embrace the sunrises and sunsets.
Open the door of your de-cluttered world to romance and fall in love with Nature.
All good will follow!
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