04 June 2011

the merry ol' country life...

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
- Laura IngallsWilder

I started this old man awhile back but finally set out to finish him the other day. I wanted to have a different subject matter than a woman, which is usual for me. I believe this was more an exercise for myself, seeing life from a different perspective and time. I really enjoyed creating this because for me, it is a celebration of life. Sometime we think in our youth lies all the great celebrations but I don't believe that to be true. I think I am one of the few that actually gets excited to see a gray strand because I don't associate it with 'aging' but with growing up, with living rather than just 'getting old'. There is so much more life to be had, to be discovered, So far, in my 'growing up' I am also realizing that the simpler things bring more joy and dare I say, even the labored things can bring more satisfaction. My old man here, is contemplating the goodness of his life, of all his days with various things that fill his home and his heart.

I do want to strive for simplicity. Not in a way where it becomes an idol, but getting back to what is basic, finding the beauty and need for necessity. With God as my primary focus and in this way, being blessed by all the things He has graciously given to me. Taking joyful care of my family and being happy that we are taken care of. I know I still have wants. I still want a house of my own, with an open kitchen and big back yard for a garden (and for play!). Maybe one day we will get those things but still, I always want to be reminded to keep life simple and revel in the everyday joys. Of things that are not tangible and for the ones that are, just grateful that we have them....
As I sometimes do, here are a few quotes I have found and would like to share them with you. Enjoy :)

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter. . .to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
-  John Burroughs 

"You can't force simplicity; but you can invite it in by finding as much richness as possible in the few things at hand.  Simplicity doesn't mean meagerness but rather a certain kind of richness, the fullness that appears when we stop stuffing the world with things."
-   Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

"I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking.  It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.  There are not hothouse blossoms that can compare in beauty and fragrance with my bouquet of wildflowers."
-  Laura Ingalls Wilder 


Sailor Purrs said...

What great and simple ideals. This helped with a personal struggle today.

andrea littlebighead said...

thank you so much for sharing that with me. i think it is something dear to my heart and it warms me so that it was able to bring some comfort to you today....

Heather said...

I love him! which shouldnt surprise you, surely you've noticed my preference for bearded men ;) getting older is strange....I sort of cant wait to just be an eccentric old lady and not have to live up to any sort of beauty/fashion expectations, although I do like clothes and I do like lookin' cute :)
I hear you on the simplicity thing though, and its something I have to make myself super conscious about. Just enjoying the small moments and being thankful. Our 'world' makes that so hard often times, you really have to put your blinders on and reach into your heart and put your mind on whats important.
Hope you have a great summer, and i absolutely adore the piece you've made of me and audrey! it is beyond adorable, its so precious!~!~

sweetheartville said...

Oh, I love this piece so much! I have been trying very hard to be satisfied with what I have, little as it may be, because you (and Laura) are so right--it's the simple little things and family love that are real and lasting.