Was just watching Oprah, she and a friend did a roadtrip across America, and on one of the days they stopped and spent some time with an Amish family. She was questioning them about their life and why they chose their live; what it for religious reasons or some other reason. This farmer and his wife said it wasn't actually for religious reason, but to live seperately from society. He also said he was 100% content with his life.
This made me think, Oprah was saying she had never met anyone before who could say they were 100% content with their life. The farmer's wife said, they also chose to be content, to make themselves feel content. This really resonated with me. It is that part of the Law of Attraction that I sometimes feel many people don't get. Contentment isn't about never having to struggle, or having everything easy.
In a way, in our society we work hard at making things easier. Streamlining our lives, creating 3 step cooking of meals, or machines that do our work for us (washing machines, computers, cars)... We aren't more content for it. We seem to have lost the ability to create contentment, to accept the good with the bad, and be happy.
Though it will never happen (for so many reasons), I've often thought how I'd like to be Amish, to live in a community of people who work together, who have strong social rules an a relatively hommogenus society and set of values. To just let go of our modern society and live seperately and focus on being part of a community where everyone understands the very need in humans to share the load.
Also, the talk came up about monogamy, about no premarrital sex, and about whether or not it was scary to imagine only have sex with one other person your entire life. The farmers wife said it was scary to think of having to have sex with several different partners in a lifetime - as though that was an expectation - but isn't it though, isn't that the whole idea of having sex before marriage, to see who you are compatible with - which requires you have someone to compare with right, so at least two partners. The farmer said there is no divorce, but also no adultery that he has ever been aware of. They said if you are having trouble in your marriage you are encouraged to work together to sort things out, and there is also counselling (I take it that would be through the church), but also it is accepted that when you get married it is for life.
So, basically, this lifestyle comes down to limited choices, but with limited choices comes contentment! In our society we have almost endless choice, but are we content? Am I content?
Friday, April 20, 2007
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