The Good Life

Thanksgiving and Christmas are interestingly placed holidays, aren’t they? At Thanksgiving we think about the good things we have, and express gratitude for them, then we quickly discard this attitude for the Christmas season, as we want more, buy more, and spend more.

I wish I knew whom to give the credit for the following insightful passage. It was hanging on a wall at the school where I teach – with no Author in sight. But it resonated in me and I thought it would be good to share at this time of year.

“The Good Life exists only when you stop wanting a better one. It is the condition of savoring what is, rather than longing for what might be. The itch for things, so brilliantly injected by those who make and sell them, is in effect a virus draining the soul of contentment.

A man never earns enough, a woman is never beautiful enough, clothes are never new enough, the house is never furnished enough, the food is never fancy enough. There is a point at which salvation lies in stepping off the escalator, and saying, “Enough. What I have will do. What I make of it is up to me.””

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica Bernard
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 22:14:24

    Beautifully written Mir. I’m proud to be your sister.

    Reply

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