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Friday, April 17, 2015

2015-04-17 – Friday Whisper – Sri Lanka…

Last week, we went on a short trip to Sri Lanka. Beautiful country indeed…the landscape, waterfalls, rainforests, tea plants, beaches… We visited many cities; Negombo, Kitulgala, Panawala, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya… Rafting was amazing, hiking was refreshing, visiting a tea factory was informative, riding a speed boat was lots of fun…
The Temple of the Tooth was another beauty; mosques, churches, and temples co-exist peacefully over there…

Yet what I liked most is the simplicity of their life…

They are living easily without a Micheal Kors bag or Dior glasses… They don’t need to be connected all the time… Women look beautiful without cosmetic surgery… Kids are happy without owning tens of different electronic devices…

For many students, their only means of going to school is their legs…they would walk up hills, down hills, road sides, to get to school… for many workers, their shoes are their feet… for tea workers, their daily wages do not exceed $6…

Yet for all of these people, a simple hello or wave can make them smile…

It reminded me that simple life, albeit its difficulties sometimes, can be sufficient to be happy…

I know that if we would give them the choice, many would opt for luxury… and I know most probably I won’t be able to live their lives….yet it made me think how many times we feel bored even with a TV, a mobile,  orlaptop…even with a car that can takes us where we want to… How many times we whine because “today’s lunch is the same food as yesterday’s!”, or that our car or phone is not the latest model, or the Internet is too slow because it is taking a whole 3 minutes to download!... How many times we complained that we don’t have enough clothes in our closet (since 4 suits or 5 dresses or 6 pants aren’t enough!)

There is no problem with luxury, there is no problem with wanting to own different things as long as we can afford them and doesn’t make them broke…my problem is when we tie our happiness to those things and feel deprived or poor if we don’t have them…


Lionel Shriver, an American Author, said: “A lot of people get so hung up on what they can't have that they don't think for a second about whether they really want it.” 

And Bertrand Russel, a British philosopher, said: “It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” 

Drop material stuff, gather more life experiences, and Life will have a different taste!
 
Ramboda Falls

Tea plants workers



Rania Hammoud, ACC, Life Coach
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