Archive for March, 2013
In this high tech and ever connected world we live in it can become so easy to overlook the simple things in life that are taken for granted. With such a commercially driven culture that says you are not going to be happy unless you own the latest toy, gadget, car, etc…or if you don’t have the body of “supermodel/fitness model” you are not living life, it becomes very easy to be driven by an appetite to be like what advertisers say you should be instead of appreciating who you are, what you have, and discovering what you truly want. When my plane landed on Saturday morning and I had to drive home I knew what I wanted most after being away for 2 weeks was to see my families faces, to sit in my home, and just relax in my own space. I wanted to watch my son play, hear home laugh, and enjoy his smile.
This morning is now the 3rd day back from my most recent trip to India and I find myself not really thinking about the “necessities” of American life and “Western Culture” but I do find myself thinking about the smile of my son, simplifying my life, breathing deeply, as well as several other things labeled “simple” in this overly and unnecessarily complicated society we live in. India and its wonderful people have really taught me some very valuable lessons about what’s really important to me versus what I thought was important and has really given me an understanding that I need at this stage in my life. It really is worth it to go outside of your own comfort zone and live (even for a short period of time) in foreign environment. You could come back with something that many people (at least in my opinion) are severely lacking, Perspective.
As for me, well let’s just say that I have a lot of work to do to get where I want and need to be, bit it will get done and I will be the better for it.
What “simple” things are you overlooking in your life and what will you do about it once you see it for yourself?
This trip to India has been very interesting thus far (and I have 8 more days to go). I’ve had some productive meetings, started writing some new music, and really had a chance to think very clearly about where I am in life right now as well as a few things that I need to do that have been neglected. It’s not always easy to see clearly when you are at home in the thick of things. There are times when the only way you truly can see things as they are is to get away from everything that is going on in you life for a moment and see things with a different set of eyes. I know that I’ve said that before in this blog, but it’s worth saying again because it’s the truth. I’m very excited to put into practice all that I’m learning during this most recent trip to India. I’ve always enjoyed learning about other cultures especially when it can be 1st hand learning, as this can really help a person to understand more about who they are and how to have a greater level of understanding as well as compassion for their fellow man.
I’ve learned several lesson thus far (and was reminded of a few others from my trip here last year). I was reminded how truly spoiled so many people back home are and how we take so many things for granted that would be considered luxuries here in India. So many people seemed to be programmed that having more means having a better life, and that is so far from the truth. I’m watching how so many of the advertisements here in India are driving people to believe that having more is best and that you’re not living unless you are living in luxury (sounds familiar USA???). But I’m also seeing how people value friendships and family, something that I truly believe is taken for granted back home in many circles. Life is very precious and I’m seeing so many people here that may not be full of stuff but they are most definitely full of life.
There’s many things that I can share about this trip, and perhaps I will at some point soon.