I’ve been feeling in need of a little positivity lately and thought that I’d share a few quotes along with some photos of nature that I’ve taken over the past few weeks. Enjoy!
As we start into one of the busiest weekends of the year, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes with you. I hope you like them, and have a wonderful weekend.
I recently read the non-fiction book The Stranger in the Woods – The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. This is the true story of Christopher Knight, the man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years. I don’t know about you, but I often consider the option of running away from civilization and living by myself in the middle of nowhere. Of course, I’d have to be self-sufficient, including growing my own food, etc., which would require tons of work, and that’s the main reason why I haven’t done anything like that…money being the other compelling reason.
But this account brought up a lot of issues for me. Do I really consider someone who stole for survival a hermit? What about his watching t.v. (yes, he stole a t.v., and watched it frequently), he also played hand-held computer games, and listened to a purloined radio. While living alone and not speaking to anyone for 27 years (with one exception of saying hi to a hiker in the 1990’s) is an accomplishment, it’s not really what I think of when contemplating my own hermitage. If I were going to become a hermit, I’m pretty sure that I would not want any interaction with civilization. Actually, to be honest, this is something that I’ve thought about since I was a child and read a National Geographic story about a Park Ranger who lived in the middle of Yellowstone (I think) during the winter and was so isolated that his supplies were helicoptered in for him. He spent the time that he wasn’t working reading and writing. That was the life, I always felt – being paid to be alone, and to read and write! A dream come true!
At some point I understood that jobs like that just were not available, then I got married and had children. Even though I am an introvert, I can tolerate being around others for a period of time. As an aside, my children had the earliest bed-time ever, mainly because I’d had enough of “togetherness” by the end of the day and knew my limits. I need time alone to “de-compress” after a day with others, although my patience for being with groups seems to be getting smaller and smaller as I age. Do any of you daydream of the day when you just might turn into a full-time hermit? How would you go about it? Let me know in the comments below.
I know that many people (including me), see the weekend as a time to catch up on chores and errands. A time to run around and be busy “getting things done”. However, it is also a time to rest, relax and renew. Spend time on just being. Relax, read a book, do some Yoga, meditate. Your life doesn’t need to be full of “things to do”. Just be present in the moment. Take some time out. Shut off your phones, unplug the internet. Just breathe.
I love this quote because it reminds me (and I do need reminding) that what is going on outside of me does not have to be reflected inside of me. There is chaos in the world, and there is a lot of anger and hurt and division right now. However, I can do what I can in order to change that by writing about it and by sending letters and signing petitions. But, if I want to live a life that is not full of stress and worry, I really need to put up boundaries and leave it all outside my mind.
It’s taken me a long time to realize that, and I longer I try to put the focus on what I can do, and what I can’t do the more peaceful I feel. No amount of brooding I do is going to change others. Focus on what you can do, change what you can, and make yourself the best you can be. Yes, be active with what you can do for the outside world, but don’t make yourself crazy by letting that be your only focus. You can’t change the world, but you can influence and change your life. Work on that, and hopefully your change will ripple outward and touch the rest of your world.
No matter how crazy your life is, no matter how hurried, do one thing. It’s simple, it doesn’t cost any money. Be kind. Smile, have a positive message for those you meet while you’re out and about in the world. Just, be kind.
Okay, I admit that I’m “of a certain age”, however, I must insist that I am not infirm! My mail boxes, both on-line and the actual mail box are full of “adult” ads for aids such as: the infamous “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” buttons; adult diapers, gadgets to help me pull up my own socks – because apparently not only am I too infirm to get up off the floor, I wet myself and I cannot bend over to touch my own toes (while sitting down!). I keep getting phone calls trying to sell me buttons to summon help, hiring a “companion/homemaker”, and to convert my shower into one for people who need to sit down, complete with bars I can hang onto. And then, there are all the ads for “retirement homes”. Like I’d enjoy living in an area where everyone is in the same age group. Who would I play with? Seriously, who would I color with and play trucks with? Who would I run around the backyard with? I really need my younger (much younger) playmates. Can you imagine the boredom?
I am still in my 50’s, and my husband just turned 60. Are Americans so infirm at our ages that we all need these products? I’m also getting calls about less-expensive pharmaceuticals for my imagined diabetes, high blood pressure, extra weight, feet problems, and more! Are there so many of us in our 50’s and early 60’s who have these health issues? I hope not, for that makes certain assumptions about our health that are downright frightening. At my last visit to the doctor he did state that it is unusual for a woman my age to not be on some kind of medication.
Since diet is everything when your health is concerned, I know that I eat much better than the average American. While the health benefits of no longer consuming oil or animal products has been outstanding, it is a little disconcerting to realize that the typical American needs medicine at my age. Just think of the money the average American spends on prescriptions. We could use that money for purchasing better food, and enjoying the benefits to our health.
If it is true that the “typical” American my age is taking so many medications, please, please do yourselves the favor of going to https://nutritionfacts.org/ and reading the information there. Dr. Greger is the author of the book How Not to Die, and his information is science-based. Change your diet and you change your life. Get healthy so you can stay healthy for years to come. And maybe we all won’t be getting harassed by all those annoying calls and ads.