Don’t Need Much to be Happy
Just this morning, yet again, I was made fun of when I brought out my little Nokia mobile phone. It’s a mobile phone that can only make phone calls and send text messages. I’ve been dating someone who has been unashamedly sending out dire warnings that he is going to buy me the latest and greatest smart phone – And I have unashamedly ignored all warnings. I love my little Nokia. I can, after all, get online simply by logging on to my computer, or my Kindle Fire, or my iPod (Yes, iPod. Why do I continually get the strangest looks when I bring out my iPod for email & such checking?) And when it comes down to it, even though I do have a blog and am wired into twitter & facebook, I do not particularly enjoy (or desire) being so connected and plugged in.
Almost a year ago to the day I officially accepted a job offer to come work in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. And 11 months ago I began putting my meager belongings into storage – I did not own property or furniture (well, besides my car and an ottoman.) And as I started to, in earnest, go through my (hundreds of) pictures from the mystical & enchanting Sri Lanka today; I thought about my little Nokia phone and my trip and was reminded of how happier I am without stuff. I was reminded of how unloaded & unburdened I felt moving to Saudi Arabia with only two suitcases.
- Guesthouse, Mirissa Beach ~ Sri Lanka
- Where I am invited into my host’s living room to share their food and keep this sort of company…
- Abha ~ My shadow in Mirissa
- I do not need room service or maid service. I am carefree & full of life when I can walk across the street every morning for my banana’s, and have my pineapple & mango’s cut up for me as I wait.
- Mirissa fruit stand
- I do not need a waiter to bring me my afternoon diet coke. I enjoy making the afternoon daily run and chatting up with my lady.
Afternoon diet coke run in Mirissa
And who needs a hotel gift shop when all this is across the street from one’s guesthouse?
Mirissa grocery shopping
And who needs an air-conditioned taxi when there is a tuk-tuk awaiting you at every corner with natural air-conditioning?
- tuk-tuk in Mirissa
- Going through these pictures I was reminded that a phone call is a phone call whether it’s made on a smart-phone or a simple Nokia.
- I was reminded that I do not need a mortgage, a fancy car, or the latest gadget to make me happy.
- I was reminded that even though my stuff & possessions are minimal, I have a true abundance of fortune.
- Polhena Beach ~ Sri Lanka
I was touched & moved by Sri Lanka as I have never been by a place.
Stay with me as I tell you about it in the coming days…