Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Delight in Simple Things

*Learn to like what doesn’t cost too 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 from you.
*Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
*Learn to like the songs 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 B. Bennion

From: The Best of Lowell L. Bennion: Selected Writings 1928-1988, Edited by Eugene England, p. xxiii


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