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The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
-- Joseph Priestley


Monday, October 19, 2015

Endless opportunities for joy

Life has no shortage of simple pleasures for you to enjoy. Seasons change, stars progress across the sky, water flows through gentle valleys and ocean waves lap at the shore.

A rugged, elderly woman offers a wise, sincere smile in return for your own. The stillness of an autumn evening is broken by the distinctive, plaintive call of an owl.

Life’s common pleasures are simple, yet profound, and even miraculous. Children play noisily in the distance, and entire, amazing lives stretch out before and beyond them.

When you seek to have more, first remember this. You already have so very much.

The simple pleasures are no less enjoyable, and just as enriching as any complex, sophisticated experience you might wish to concoct. Yes, by all means reach for those impressive heights, but don’t lose your appreciation for the goodness you already have.

Everywhere, life offers beautiful, simple pleasures and with them, endless opportunities for joy and gratitude. Take those opportunities, live the joy, feel the gratitude, and experience the boundless richness that is your life.

— Ralph Marston

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