Find Your Own Road

Simplicity is such a bonus in life! Having cancer gave me permission to simplify my life which led me to the peace of mind I needed most. Now the economic downturn is leading many more people to a simpler life, and I know they’re going to love it once they make the adjustment.

There is usually a silver lining in a crisis situation but you have to be looking for it in order to see it. I understand if you say “How can having cancer be a good thing?” It’s not, but there are many good things that can come out of it if you’re open to receiving them. It took me a long time to see the silver lining in a cancer diagnosis but I’m so grateful I decided to do the work needed to find it.

Simplicity in life has been buried in the trappings of the modern life we knew until a short while ago. Consumerism was rampant, and for the most part it doesn’t provide the satisfaction you expect to gain from it. Living a simpler life helps you get back to the basics of what human beings are all about; the most basic need we all have is to love and be loved. Nothing else can take the place of feeling you’re loved, and loving others enough to feel you belong and you’re connected in this world.

Especially right now when the world is changing so fast, you need something to hang on to, to keep yourself grounded. Who and what do you love? I hope you include yourself in the list of whatever your life is about. The only constant we have on a 24/7 basis is ourselves, our thoughts, our prayers, our hopes; they’re all contained in a body we call our “self”. It looks like we’re in for quite a ride here, so we need to hang on to what will provide stability for us.

Focusing on simple pleasures does not have to cost money or take a lot of time and energy; however, if you choose to focus on simple pleasures, it will provide great rewards.

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