I don't know if you've come across the word "lagom". You may have - it's somehow become a buzzword, much to the baffelment of us living in Sweden. I've been thinking about lagom lately.
After a vacation spent living simply in our cottage by a lake, I find myself noticing many things I usually take for granted.
In this era of instant gratification I think sometimes we forget how much not having access to something all the time enhances the pleasure once it's there.
I've found a new way of looking at things. I think of things, stuff, as experiences - and that has led me to value them differently.
Holidays are great... But I love the days in between. The days when time just flows.
For the first time in my life, I've been doing "retail therapy". An interesting experience, but not as good as my usual simple living. I need balance, so today I begin a "Shop No Things" period.
How we escaped commercialism and had a beatiful ceremony instead.
I think the key ingredients to a more joyful life is to clear away the unneccessary and take notice of the sources of joy that are already in my life.
Life is no way near perfect, and neither am I. The key to a simpler, more joyful life is accepting that and building on the good parts.