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Itís easy to get caught up in the busy routine of daily life, and before we know it we've woven ourselves a very complicated web, but with a little determination we can begin to craft a happier and more fulfilling life; one that feels right for us. Itís not easy but believe me - itís worth the effort.
The interpretation of contentment is different for all of us, and although my life is far from perfect, itís one that gives me great satisfaction. I live by a quote from Leo Babuta, who says, 'Identify what's most important to you - eliminate everything else.'
Hereís a bit of a snapshot of how I live.
I have simplified my wants and needs to the point where I only have to work part-time. The rest of the time I write, read, go fishing, spend time with family and friends and go for long drives. I live by myself in the country (in a small town where the houses are inexpensive) and have never once felt lonely. Every morning I get to wake up to the sounds of birds and sheep. I look out my window and see the fields and vineyards behind my house.
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I always allow time for a slow, warm coffee in the mornings and if the weatherís nice I drink it outdoors (if not - Iíll have it in bed.)
On the way to work I listen to classical music as I drive past huge grassy hills on one side and forest on the other.
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I work in community services with a lovely group of volunteers, which is one of the most challenging but satisfying jobs of all. When I get to my office I open up the blinds so I can let in the natural light and see whatís going on in the world outside.
When I arrive home in the afternoon the first thing I do is let the dog and the chickens out to run in the garden. Thereís something really satisfying about the unbridled excitement of a dog when you arrive home. Even the chickens are happy to see me and come up for a back scratch. I have a lovely garden full of herbs and roses and fruit trees and a little cottage where I feel safe and comfortable. I fall asleep at night with the dog warming my feet and the sound of frogs croaking in my back yard.
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Whatís important to me is serenity. All of these things I've mentioned above inspire a sense of contentment and serenity in me, but it was not an easy road to get here. This life is one that I have deliberately and patiently created for myself over time. If the desire is strong enough, you will find a way to live the life of your dreams.
Start by identifying whatís important to you - and then work on eliminating everything else.
What a lovely life you've managed to create for yourself! If all could think hard about what it is they truly need in life, and thought more closely about what they 'want' I feel the world could become a better place.