As mentioned in the previous post, I’m proud to be called a dork optimist. So I was thrilled to read your comments and discover that I have so many dork optimist comrades! It seemed appropriate, then, to make my first Thirty Days of Grateful Praise post be about our ability to find joy in simple pleasures.
Interestingly, for me, some of this likely has its roots in less than happy circumstances—the fact that my life has, in many ways, been hard and there’s never been a lot of money for the “extras” seen as necessities by modern society. Clearly, when you’re in this situation, mourning the things you don’t have rather than celebrating what you do have is surely the way to unhappiness, so I’ve mostly chosen the happy path.
I’d never be one to romanticize financial struggles—it’s a hard business, especially these days. But if you look for them, there are almost always gifts hidden in in even the most difficult of circumstances. I do think that having less has helped me appreciate far more even the smallest pleasures.
I think, too, that hard times have a way of bringing into sharper focus what’s important and what’s not. It turns out that some of the simplest, most humble things are the very things that make my life rich. And if I Iost them, I would be impoverished indeed.
So maybe you can add “simple-minded” to my dork optimist moniker. The older I get, the more I value simple-mindedness. The older I get, the more I see the simple as deep. And the older I get, the more I turn away from the clamor of the world trying to make me believe otherwise.
Simple-minded dork optimist. Yep…that’s me. And I like it.