The simple things of life

Take time out of a busy schedule to enjoy the simple things in life. Photo: Simple things in life/ AP

MISSOURI, December 12, 2013 — When people are young, they take everything for granted. That is logical because they are busy growing and learning about life. Everything is new and a mystery and the young are constantly in the process of digesting this input and making decision on a course of direction, which may have an impact on their life.

This learning continues at varying degrees as they mature. Beginning with being single, then entering the work force, getting married, becoming a parent, becoming a Grandparent and then a Great Grandparent.   

Along the highway of life, people are so busy growing and taking care of business that they don’t stop to smell the flowers. Maybe that is left for the more mature citizens to finally have the opportunity to stop and think about the simple things of life and there are so many.

Have you ever really looked at a flower and noticed the beauty? In turn, see the bees that extract the nectar, which sustains their lives; birds and their flight and how they work feverishly to build their nests, how they protect and feed their young. How about the ants and their busy life?

Have you ever taken a walk on the beach as the sun was rising with the quietness of the morning, the sound of the ocean, the sweetness of the breeze, your bare feet touching the sand and the sky so blue with some billowing clouds? How divine this simple experience of life. Maybe the mature citizens are blessed in that their thoughts are not complicated with everyday living so that they can see these simple things that nature provides, and it is cleansing.

How about a walk in the park or the woods which provides a different beauty but is just as rewarding? Especially in the spring and fall of the year. Many people travel to the northeastern part of the United States to observe the beauty of the trees during the fall season of the year.

This may sound commonplace, but it is the beginning or part of the process of a mature citizen to truly understand what helps make up life as a whole. It is the simple surroundings that are free, and they are for all of us to enjoy and provide varying degrees of contentment and in turn happiness during this cycle of our life.

So enjoy the simple things that are given without any cost other than ones attention in order to derive some degree of happiness. Besides watching the things that Mother Nature provides us, take notice of how our “babies” sleep in all innocence and purity. Notice when they are hungry, when they are playing with their toys. Oh, what a sight to watch. Sometimes you will catch yourself smiling, which is a great indicator that the simple things of life truly make you happy.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from.


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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