We live in a very complex world.
It's a world where we are bombarded 24/7 by the media and the internet. It's a world where we feel driven to compete. It's a world that focuses on having and being more.
Do all of those "things" really make us happier?
I literally wasted two days earlier this week trying to find the perfect walking shoe or sandal. I would find a pair, bring them home, wear them around the house and realize they weren't comfortable. So back they would go to the store, where I would try another pair.
I eventually gave up, put on my old shoes and set out on my walk. None of those expensive shoes made me happy. In fact the whole process was making me everything but serene. I felt frustrated and tired after two days.
I realized that I need to recognize and embrace my simple needs. For me they are quiet spaces, good books, my indoor garden, healthy simple food, and the love of my family.
Maybe as we age we realize that all of the bells and whistles of the world are just not as important as we once thought they were.
What are your simple needs? Are you embracing them?