outside in the garden
Saturday, March 16, 2002
After posting the previous quote and comment from the viviculture page, I want to add that the secret to happiness (if happiness is what you want) is to start enjoying your life. How do you do that, if your life is horrible?
- Well first, analyze what is horrible about it.
- Second consider which aspects of it you have control over and change those to suit.
- Third, start noticing what's going on around you.
- Fourth, work with intentionality and focus. That is, focus on the task itself, not on the result or completion of the task.
I am never bored, and am astonished at how many people profess to be bored all the time. My mind is a playground, always coming up with something new to consider. My eyes are a picnic, always providing a new delicacy to feast upon.
Let's take cooking as an example of how to focus on doing the task instead of on its completion. I used to think how i could do the least possible in order to get an evening meal on the table. Since I changed my attitude a couple of years ago, I have become engrossed in the task, enjoying cutting up vegetables, enjoying considering which spices or herbs would best accompany the blend of foods, and so on. I am taken by surprise often when things are nearly cooked and don't give my daughter much time to set the table.
Here is a web site on cooking that is terrific in this respect. I found the link on the viviculture site. Nobody's Fool . That soup sounds good!