Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This is What Wealth Looks Like
#1 - Hearing my Dad's wet shoes on the clean kitchen floor.
#2 - Actually, I was initially annoyed to hear the squeaky sound of his shoes, but then I somehow shifted to being grateful for the sound instead.
#3 - Walking the 1/2 mile or so to the ice rink to skate. I'd had that intention one evening last week too, but I didn't have as much motivation as intention then. I wore my snow pants so I could just plop down on the snow and put on my skates. The ice was perfectly smooth, no holes or chunks to trip on. My mind was mostly quiet. I sang a couple songs. I thought, "This is what wealth looks like."
#4 - Looking up I could see Orion's belt, as had been pointed out on an evening walk at Itasca State Park last weekend. Whether by moonlight in the forest or streetlights in the city - it was the same gleaming night sky.
#5 - "I’m not the only one who gets a boost from greenery; social scientists have documented that access to green spaces increases quality of life and reduces stress. In one study from England, the effects were more long-lasting than the happiness people experienced from getting a raise at work. This is hugely significant to our increasingly urban world population, where depression is among the top causes of disability."