I am not sure if any of you have watched a new television show called, ’60 Days In’. Average citizens were placed, undercover, in a prison for two months. This was done in order to gather firsthand information on what can be improved. It is quite a concept.
Being deprived of sunlight, fresh air, activity and freedom to come and go as they wished had caused some of them to feel that they were caged animals. Tempered flared, depression set in and there was an endless stream of drama that unfolded.
Watching one of the last shows of the season, where the rest of the participants were released; however, was one of the most interesting of all. It was their sense of absolute gratitude and appreciation, upon being released, that was most evident to me.
It was like they had been through a traumatic and difficult life journey and most came out on the other side deciding that they wouldn’t take the most basic things about life for granted, any longer. The youngest participant decided that he was going to go back to school, one of them gained self-confidence and her voice from the experience, another finally broke down her walls that had been holding decades of unresolved issues inside.
It is remarkable to me how adversity can strengthen us and provide clarity about what is really important. Sometimes, challenges, obstacles and hardships are even necessary to allow us to make progress in our lives and snap us out of the perspective that is holding us back.
I am sure that there are better ways to self-improvement, other than checking ourselves into jail for a couple of months; however, getting down to the basics may just be what we need. It might help us to appreciate how little we really need to feel happy.
The other day I hopped on my motorcycle and took myself out for the day. I rode to Harmony Beach, walked along the beach, took photos, listened to the birds, watched a guy with a metal detector search for treasures, saw two teenagers build a sandcastle and hop in and out of the cold water, after sunbathing.
I then ventured around Haviland Bay and loved feeling the wind on my face, as I rode along the winding road and country setting. I even treated myself to a meal and some delicious homemade lemon meringue pie at the Goulais River turnoff.
If you have no particular plans this weekend, perhaps you might carve out some time in your schedule to get outside, take in the sunshine, adventure to new places, snap some photos or videos and just enjoy the fresh air, natural surroundings, parks or whatever interests you.
As I was minutes from home, I passed a younger woman being pushed in a wheelchair with a blanket wrapped all around her. They were at the end of the driveway of Arch Hospice. In that profound moment, with a tear in the corner of my eye, I felt especially grateful for all that I have and the blessings in my life.
There are tons of things to do, all around us, if we seek it. We must get up, get out and go. Have a safe and pleasurable week ahead. May you find and seek joy in the simplest things.
‘You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.’ ~ Andy Warhol