I love this little snippet of a famous poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken.
See here for the full poem and to listen to it being read.
I take it slightly out of the context it was written in, and it reminds me that we are walking a road less travelled in that we have moved away from over-consumerism. That we are moving towards being as self sufficient as we possibly can be in many ways, and that what we are doing is considered outside of the 'norm' for many people.
Yes, lots of you lovely readers also have chosen this path too, but by and large the vast majority of the folk in this country and many others are on a path that seems to me to be like a treadmill.
Going out to work, working longer and longer hours to pay for things that they 'should' have. Striving always for more ... more things, more space, more possessions, more experiences, just more, more, more.
When does it stop, when will it stop? Will we ever have enough in this consumerist age, when will more people stop and realise that all that you acquire cannot be taken with you. Most of what we have our children will not want once we are gone. So it will all have been in vain, yes maybe we get momentary pleasure from purchases but then they are added to the stack of stuff we already have and the pleasure is forgotten about and more acquiring of things is needed to get the feeling back.
I guess what I'm trying to say in a nutshell is how much better it would be to work less and live more.
To earn enough to keep a decent roof over your head, the bills paid and food on the table and then decide to stop acquiring things and instead to go out and live. To spend time with loved ones, talking, reminiscing, planning. To take the time to walk the paths, the beaches, the woodlands or just around the streets of your neighbourhood. To take the time to get to know the places and the folk around you. It costs nothing yet gives you so much.
I'm obviously just in a musing mood .... I go off on a tangent occasionally and this time I thought I would share it with you.
Here's a cute photo ... just so you know it's still me ;-)