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The Beauty And Comfort Of Simplicity

 
Rising Son (OP)
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Chuck - your names for SnowLeopard are priceless
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I grew up poor in the South. You shall not know what other terms I wish to use...sugarplum...
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cruise
 Quoting: Rising Son


You have a problem douchebag? Those who claim to help the poor have never ever experienced it themselves. I spent nearly a year of my life is some of the poorest areas of Mexico, bringing shoes, clothes, toothbrushes...what have you done? Explain?
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Dude - I was laughing at the names you were using. Take it easy buddy...
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It's voluntary simplicity versus forced poverty. At this point you still get to make the choice; in five years there will be no choice.
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It's voluntary simplicity versus forced poverty. At this point you still get to make the choice; in five years there will be no choice.
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While I agree that the nature of the economy and the governmental intrusion into our personal lives is terrible, you have a fairly dismal outlook on our future.

The great thing about building a house on a good foundation is that the foundation sustains the strength of the house. Regardless of what storms the house may have to weather, if the foundation is strong, the house will remain. It will have some damage, but it will still exist.

Last Edited by Rising Son on 02/24/2013 08:20 AM
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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For once I agree with you OP. I live a very simple existence and I wouldn't have it any other way. No tv at all, books, nature, no debt, an old car, a small home and more love than material junk.
I have two young boys and a wonderful wife of 13 years (although we're not married in the traditional sense!)
I treat people the way I would want to be treated and have minimal contact with strangers.
But I am what you would call an 'atheist'. I don't 'believe' in anything. Not evolution, god, aliens, magic or anything 'supernatural'.
And this is part and parcel of the simplicity I enjoy.
Religion is too complex and defeats the object of simplicity and simple living. When I ditched christianity over 20 years ago, my life became meaningful and less cluttered.
Anyway, nice thread :-)
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For once I agree with you OP. I live a very simple existence and I wouldn't have it any other way. No tv at all, books, nature, no debt, an old car, a small home and more love than material junk.
I have two young boys and a wonderful wife of 13 years (although we're not married in the traditional sense!)
I treat people the way I would want to be treated and have minimal contact with strangers.
But I am what you would call an 'atheist'. I don't 'believe' in anything. Not evolution, god, aliens, magic or anything 'supernatural'.
And this is part and parcel of the simplicity I enjoy.
Religion is too complex and defeats the object of simplicity and simple living. When I ditched christianity over 20 years ago, my life became meaningful and less cluttered.
Anyway, nice thread :-)
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I appreciate that, thank you for sharing with us :-)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

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Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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In such a fast-paced, hustle and bustle world such as this, it is easy to become lost in the abyss of multimedia, entertainment, and work. Each minute of our day is planned and taken, predetermined without much chance or spontaneity contained within it. This makes sense to us and it is logical, because we structure our lives in ways we understand, and so a life without any surprises gives us a certain level of comfort and security in such a complicated world. However, the chaotic and supersonic speed at which everything moves forces us to capitulate and correlate with it, and before we know it, our lives are moving too fast, or at least too fast to enjoy the individual moments.

When was the last time you took a walk? When was the last time you went fishing? Climbing? Hiking? Biking? Swimming? Camping? I would venture to say that most of us would answer these questions only after struggling to slow down and remember, which in itself answers the question. Many of us have trapped ourselves in a cage of commitments and responsibilities, of anxieties and fears. We are our own worst enemy, and we have convinced ourselves that we must keep our nose to the grindstone without looking up, or without enjoying our life - that the enjoyment will come only after we've retired. If you ask your average retiree what their greatest regret is, most will tell you that they didn't take the time to enjoy the "little moments" while they were younger.

We can slow down, we can recalibrate our lives, and we can be happy again. We can choose to work in order to live, instead of live in order to work. We can choose to live in the present moment we are in, instead of worrying about future problems that haven't even occurred yet or regretting past mistakes we cannot change. We can choose to appreciate the loving and beautiful people and things around us, instead of ignoring them or taking them for granted so we can make our schedule "work". We can prioritize what is important to us, and put our attention on that - instead of losing ourselves and what meant so much to us. In short, we need to stop, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and decide to live again :-)

hf
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Beautiful!

clappa
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Beautifully said, as always.


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For simplicity sake I partake
In this account I share without
Desire for requite's sake
Of simple dreams in my mind I tout.

A botanical garden self-sustained
With cats and frogs and bees,
Healing body, mind, and soul that's pained.

A wall of windows and enclosures
To hold, facing southward from above,
Specimens of other climate's treasures.

A house, a home, a heart
With room enough to spare
For ground upon to start

A new path for any one to tread,
Void of media distraction and greed
And rather lovingly filled instead

With freedom to express,
Through which I digress,
Into simplicity I've dreamed,
Impossible, it's never seemed.


For now, my prose lies mostly within the realm of shadow as it always has. Through temperament it's found rare opportunities to speak eloquently, openly, and honestly as you've done so well here, OP.

Some things you ask of others to remember - of climbing and hiking, particularly paired personally - no, friend, there is no struggle for I to see at any given moment the last reach I've taken into walking, being, simply moving as and with Mother.

Upward Long's Peak in '97 is my last climb. A 6-hour trek through downtown Indy into my suburb due Subaru fuel pump gimped two years back is my last hike. For most people, it is circumstance. I enjoy remembering that 6-hour walk home with no friend to call for help. And thus, I thank you, for once more bringing it to the forefront.

When I reached my home, there was no longer any "Why me?" "Why now?" or "When will it get better?". There was only, "I'm home" and in that - no worry worth wandering a thought unto. Lying down to sleep that night was one of the most worry-free moments in my life. No matter how un-empowered I knew it would seem I would be come morning with no working vehicle and places to be, I was still at supreme ease and peace with myself. I nodded off knowing not how it would all work out, yet knowing it would without a doubt.

Most people, sadly, would only desire to hold onto negative memories of such an ordeal. Most people would not take the first step on their own alone to use their two God-given feet to take them where they need to be.

Most people would wonder and wait to see who will save them, and have nothing but fear, anxiety, and hate to remember of the wait.
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Rising Son (OP)
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For simplicity sake I partake
In this account I share without
Desire for requite's sake
Of simple dreams in my mind I tout.

A botanical garden self-sustained
With cats and frogs and bees,
Healing body, mind, and soul that's pained.

A wall of windows and enclosures
To hold, facing southward from above,
Specimens of other climate's treasures.

A house, a home, a heart
With room enough to spare
For ground upon to start

A new path for any one to tread,
Void of media distraction and greed
And rather lovingly filled instead

With freedom to express,
Through which I digress,
Into simplicity I've dreamed,
Impossible, it's never seemed.


For now, my prose lies mostly within the realm of shadow as it always has. Through temperament it's found rare opportunities to speak eloquently, openly, and honestly as you've done so well here, OP.

Some things you ask of others to remember - of climbing and hiking, particularly paired personally - no, friend, there is no struggle for I to see at any given moment the last reach I've taken into walking, being, simply moving as and with Mother.

Upward Long's Peak in '97 is my last climb. A 6-hour trek through downtown Indy into my suburb due Subaru fuel pump gimped two years back is my last hike. For most people, it is circumstance. I enjoy remembering that 6-hour walk home with no friend to call for help. And thus, I thank you, for once more bringing it to the forefront.

When I reached my home, there was no longer any "Why me?" "Why now?" or "When will it get better?". There was only, "I'm home" and in that - no worry worth wandering a thought unto. Lying down to sleep that night was one of the most worry-free moments in my life. No matter how un-empowered I knew it would seem I would be come morning with no working vehicle and places to be, I was still at supreme ease and peace with myself. I nodded off knowing not how it would all work out, yet knowing it would without a doubt.

Most people, sadly, would only desire to hold onto negative memories of such an ordeal. Most people would not take the first step on their own alone to use their two God-given feet to take them where they need to be.

Most people would wonder and wait to see who will save them, and have nothing but fear, anxiety, and hate to remember of the wait.
 Quoting: Deaf Cat in the Blue Hat


What you have just shared with me and others on this thread brought tears to my eyes, because it is pure beauty, and you tell it so well. I am humbled and grateful that you were willing to share this experience with us, and I cannot thank you enough for doing so. Your words and prose have transcended mere black letters against white, and have brought me right beside you as you made that long walk home, as you drifted off to sleep in a most serene and peaceful way, and as you release any and all frustration and anxiety that may have threatened you otherwise.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us, we are blessed to have you here :-)

hf
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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Thank you so much for sharing this with us, we are blessed to have you here :-)
 Quoting: Rising Son


Thanks again, to you, and also for creating a right timing for me.

It's the thing I too oft try to create for myself, only to falter each time. So I wait for others and listen for thoughts in rhyme in order to seek out my own divine.

Few days pass by now that I don't at least once feel blessed to have been drawn to this place. That what I do with said blessing makes others feel the same way is truth in words that we're doing the right thing :)
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Thank you so much for sharing this with us, we are blessed to have you here :-)
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Thanks again, to you, and also for creating a right timing for me.

It's the thing I too oft try to create for myself, only to falter each time. So I wait for others and listen for thoughts in rhyme in order to seek out my own divine.

Few days pass by now that I don't at least once feel blessed to have been drawn to this place. That what I do with said blessing makes others feel the same way is truth in words that we're doing the right thing :)
 Quoting: Deaf Cat in the Blue Hat


Well said, and I can certainly relate to that. I don't remember what brought me here, but I do remember the feeling I had when I started looking around and listening to people, it felt like I finally found a place I could relate to and resonate with, along with making friends with truly wonderful souls. I was lost with only my words to listen to, but when my words were met with the beautiful symphony of responses and love, I knew I was home :-)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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This positivity needs to be bumped today!

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