Simple.

“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people even though some of them may be different… Different from you.
Learn to like to work and the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.”

-Lowell C. Bennion

*what quotes are you inspired by today?

25 thoughts on “Simple.

  1. Those who live passionately teach us how to love,
    Those who love passionately teach us how to live
    (Yogananda)

    This inspired me this morning

  2. I read this on your tumblr and I’ve thought about it since then. I feel like this will be my manifesto for 2013. Currently embroidering this to hang on my wall.

  3. Oh, goodness. I must share this. Love, love, love.
    Here is one of my most current favorite (and strange) quotes:
    “There’s just nothing like the feel of a trout dancing through the river, making your pole pulse like a heart in your hands. It does to your hands what dreams of eternity do to your heart. And yet, I killed the trout. It’s strange to kill your dad’s partner, but that’s what I did. I did it because the world is strange. Because the world does not allow you to make up your own rules based on how you would wish things to be. Because this is a world where no matter who you are, your happiness, your survival, is based on sacrifice. Sweet bleeding sacrifice.” – The River Why

  4. This quote provided the right words for me today…

    “Your success and happiness lie in you…Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”– Helen Keller

  5. “Remember this story. Remember that one act can change the world. When you turn the moist earth over, and return your wastes to to the cycles of decay, and place a seed in the furrow, remember that you are planting your freedom with your own hands.”
    -Starhawk, in The Fifth Sacred Thing

  6. From Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Stayed

    Dear Sugar #64

    Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation
    to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are
    not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what
    they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have
    suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be
    old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were
    once every bit as hip and pompous as you.

    When you meet a man in the doorway of a Mexican restaurant who
    later kisses you while explaining that this kiss doesn’t ‘mean anything’
    because, much as he likes you, he is not interested in having a
    relationship with you or anyone right now, just laugh and kiss him back.
    Your daughter will have his sense of humor. Your son will have his eyes.

    The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs.
    The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours
    reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries
    and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under
    your arms or not. These things are your becoming.

    One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother
    gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her
    skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you.
    Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too
    puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring.
    That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing
    you didn’t say for the rest of your life.

    Say thank you.

  7. The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself | Mark Twain

    Artist Roxy Marj (http://www.romawinkel.blogspot.com) made a great little card with that quote coupled with a silly photo of herself to give away to the group of girls she spoke to about being authentic. I had never heard that quote before, but it resonated with me. I fight for authenticity every day, even when it produces its own sort of loneliness.

    Great quote, Bekah!

  8. It’s been a year now, when every day you inspire me Bekah. I’m most greatfull for all this hard for me days when entering your world on this pages was something what was giving me strengh. You are great woman and your king and inspirational words and pictures are keeping me strong. I can’t count how many times entering ‘welltraveledwoman’ was saving my eyes from tears of powerless girl. You are the hero in me eyes! Please keep going and share with us (readers from all of the world) yours great story.

    1. That’s so kind. Thank you. Although I bet you would find if you looked deep enough to what draws you to my page you’d find the strength lies in you as well. Maybe your escape is also in the mountains like mine. I just articulate it 🙂

      Stay strong
      -B

  9. “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
    — Frederick Buechner

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