I had such a wonderful time last week. I was away for 4 days at a live in fitness retreat in Norfolk. My time there was invested in things I love and it really brought home to me that when I invest my time in doing things that make me feel good, life is good. I realised or remembered that those things are simple everyday things that don’t require very much.
That fact brought to mind an old movie that I loved as a child and enjoyed in its newest form only recently – The Jungle Book and a song from that movie The Bare Necessities.
“Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life”
My few days consisted of
Environment: A beautiful Norfolk farmhouse in a quiet village.
Exercise: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Pilates and stretching.
Leisure: Walking along wide open beaches and through forest in beautiful sunshine
Nourishment: Fresh, nutritious food prepared in new ways that tasted fabulous – and cooked/prepared for me
Rest: A beautiful room with a comfy bed, great shower and, with the windows open, bird song all around. Reading books that relax rather than stimulate my brain nd dipping in and out of within Wimbledon!
I know what makes me happy and yet I feel I’m often looking for something new or different and I’m not always sure why, when often what I love is right there in front of me.
“Oh man this is really living
So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard”
If I spent more time doing what I love then maybe I wouldn’t feel the need to look for more?
Yes I love being curious and discovering new things and sometimes that causes a restlessness in me that is quite tiring and frustrating. For me the simple things that I enjoy and make me feel good are readily available in many forms – I don’t need to go to or be in Norfolk – but I did really love it:).
“And don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you”
The bare necessities that make us feel happy and content I would venture are not more, bigger, better ideas of what we think we want, they are right in our back yard and near us most if not all of the time. We might take them for granted, not realise they are there or just don’t take time to really think about what it is that really helps us feel happy and content.
Are your bare necessities within easier reach than you imagine?