Simple Pleasures Are The Best

Last July I asked Greg how things are with him. He said:

“To be honest, things are wonderful. My wife loves me. My beautiful daughter wraps me tighter
around her finger every day. The goats and sheep are always happy to see me, bleating almost
merrily. The hens are laying. The guineafowl are settling in, making their buckWHEAT warning
when anything dangerous approaches including the wind or a full moon. The first ripe tomato was
plucked from the garden today. What more can a man want?”

What more indeed?

Do Nothing

Allow yourself time in every day to pause and do nothing at all. Stand and breathe. Look at a tree. Lie in bed thinking about how nice the sheets feel. Keep thoughts of the past and future from crowding out the present moment. Feel what your body is feeling at this moment. Stretch. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Do nothing.

Eat Simply

Recognize that your diet may be a habit formed by years of exposure to advertising. Milk does not, in fact, do a body good. Nor is beef real food. If you’re like me, you can eliminate both of these from your diet and have no regrets and no ill effects. In fact, you’ll feel better. Less weighted down by fat and that feeling that you have a brick in your stomach.

How can you start? Reduce and substitute. Stop buying beef, butter and cheese. When you eat out don’t order beef and ask for no cheese or have it on the side and only eat a little bit. Try soy milk. Try rice milk. Try vegi burgers. Grill marinated portobella mushrooms for a rich, “meaty” dinner.

I used to be a cheese fiend. Now I don’t even miss it. Every now and then I’ll have some, but where I would have eaten a chunk the size of a pack of cards, now I have a nibble the size of a cherry and I’m sated.

Those three dietary changes alone – cutting out almost all the beef, butter and cheese in my diet – are probably responsible for at least 10-15lbs of the weight I’ve lost in the last year and a half. Plus I feel much healthier and more alert.

Walk There

When you need to get something, ask yourself
1. Do I really need this?
and if the answer is yes,
2. Can I walk (or bike) to where I can get it?

Today I walked to the Orchard Supply Hardware near my home. Every other time I’ve gone there, even when I only needed little, lightweight things, I’ve driven. It’s 1.3 miles away and it was a nice walk. I saw lots of squirrels and smiled at people who smiled back and met the identical twins who work at OSH. Very pleasant!

Now I’m curious about what else is within a mile and a half of home where I might want to go…