“If we know how to consume less, we don’t have to work as hard; we don’t need a bigger salary and a more expensive car to be happy. If we know the art of simple living, then we have much more time to live our lives happily and to help other people.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Answers from the Heart
I love that quote. The “art of simple living” just sounds more relaxing even before you start to live it! It makes me think of my “big TV buying” episode.
A few years ago we decided to get a new TV. I spent about a month scouring internet forums, reading reviews, agonising over which was the best TV to get. It nearly drove me mad. Seriously. I had to make the right decision. It seemed like the most important thing in the world.
Eventually, after many, many painful hours or research, the decision was made, and the big new flat-screen TV arrived.
Then I spent weeks (as I used to whenever anything new arrived) agonising over protecting it from damage, in this case from visiting kids for example, who would slap greasy hands on it!
Eventually, within about 18 months, the TV fell into disuse – after our son was born we had little time for watching TV – and eventually we just lost all interest in it. After a year of not having used it once, we decided that the big black empty panel in our living room wasn’t very pretty, and we gave the TV away to a relative last May.
All that agonising for nothing.
I’ve worked out that my life is much easier without too many new things, and the constant mind-bending search for them. The art of simple living…
Nothing beats a walk outside, or a quiet cup of tea.