The Good Life

October 15, 2011 / by Sloane

Let’s choose today to quench our thirst for the “good life”
we think others lead
by acknowledging the good
that already exists in our own life.
We can then offer the universe
the gift of our grateful hearts.
Sarah Ban Breathnach 
Wylde inspiration and wisdom collected for you by Tammy Vitale

 

This came in my mailbox this morning and it was a great quote to start this post about what I have been pondering this week…

It all started with a post from Tammy Vitale‘s web site….

Be Reasonable!

I am tired of being reasonable.

It is time for dreaming.

It is time for dreaming BIG. 

Want to break out of your pond and go flying in trees?

Here are some ideas:

 

Go on over there and read the rest of her post…I’m sure you’ll enjoy it…

I have been working on my list of 100 outrageous things that make my soul sing…it is not as easy as you think…3 days into it and I am up to 90…but I see now why she wants you to go that far…because the first 60 or so things, for me at least, were the normal things in life…my husband, dogs, rainbows…the average soul singers I am grateful for….I know I can’t be the only one who started the list with that kind of stuff….by the time I got to 70 I was completely stumped….and now I am reaching into that pit of things I’d like to do but feel silly to admit …like clown school..or things I feel I don’t have time for like massage school…I’m not saying I want to do either of the things full time..but wouldn’t it be cool to have all these awesome tricks up your sleeve…I am very moody and my interests change along with the seasons…I would love the courage to do what my heart desired at any given moment AND earn a living from it….that sounds completely unreasonable doesn’t it….we are not bred that way in this society…we are bred to be robots…who are supposed to learn a trade and stick with it until we die….my mind isn’t wired that way…and although my dad is a perfect example of society today my mom did raise me to believe that I could do what ever I wanted….and although I am a robot right now I have done other things…like a year at cooking school…truck driving school in which I did graduate and drive long haul for a few months..and was a cook at a vegetarian restaurant for many years…

So that’s where I think about the good life…I am, for all practical purposes, living the good life….are things the way I imagined they would be…absolutely not…but I am ok with that and am extremely grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life…

For example…

I live in the house of my dreams…you say uh? You live in a 1500 square foot 60 year old cape cod with out central ac that the occasional hooker walks by…well yes…putting the negative aside…the architectural details are beautiful, my neighborhood is relaxed enough that I can paint it purple and have a bottle wall in the front yard, some of my very best friends in the whole world live right here in walking distance, I am a mile from the beach, can walk to Trader Joe’s, a mile from work, have a fenced in back yard for my dogs, and a detached garage for my husbands man space… come on folks does it get any better than this?

I could go on and on about the things I am grateful for…but for that I will leave for my gratitude journal

Ok folks… there is something for you to chew on over the weekend..now I am going to put the last few rows on my bottle wall!!!

One thought on “The Good Life

  1. tammy vitale says:

    Awesome post Sloane! Thanks for the shoutout! As an artist, I think about the same things. Mostly, these days, how to keep being an artist and pay my bills. It’s that same kind of “go to 100″ stretch. I think of it as streams of income – a bunch of them – allow me to keep following my heart. Riches come from that, not from big houses, new cars or even new clothes. Of course lots of art supplies are another thing – but my latest is mixed media which is mostly found objects (and eventually a small bottle wall. Yours is my idol! and my inspiration!)

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