Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those doing it. ~ Anonymous
We watched a show on PBS last night called Ice Blink. It was about a couple that chooses to live on their sail boat while sailing around the world to adventurous locations. They sail from place to place picking up odd jobs along the way. Eventually, they have a family of three children, and they raise those children on the boat. Along the way they have amazing adventures. They live a life of self-sufficiency in an unconventional way. The show spoke to both the husband and me. It spoke to us in a deep and inspiring way.
It isn’t so much that I want to sail around the world, though sailing around the Puget Sound sounds like fun. I’m attempting to live a simpler & less conventional life. I think that’s what’s missing from so many people’s lives (at least in this society). We’ve become so focused on the things we have to do, on the errands, the to do list, and things in general, that we forget to simplify and just be. Be happy. Be ourselves. Be here. Let your thoughts go.
Dan and I have attempted to simplify for some time now, and we have been quite happy with the results. It works. It works for us.
We watched another show a while ago on PBS that spoke to us. The Story of Stuff is about how all the stuff in our lives affects us. It talks about environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. I highly recommend watching this fast paced 20 minute video.
One more place I have found inspiration to live a simpler and happier life is “be present be here”
And, finally, in this installment of inspiration, I read about one person’s happiness project that inspired me. This is an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. On her blog, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project.