After four months away from the 9 to 5 workforce, I have lost track on a lot of what is hot on the internet today and what is not. If you asked me to name the most interesting Twitter memes or most important e-books released in the past months, I would have to admit I have no clue. Most of my thoughts revolve around things that are not digital or buzz-worthy: stories told by my son, building a small wooden playhouse on our apartment’s balcony, the books I read at night before falling asleep.
I didn’t deliberately set out to distance myself of the digital world though (Sam Spurlin and Tammy Strobel, among others have done that with good results) — it just happened. But the outcome has been eye-opening.
One night, while reading the wonderful book about simplicity, Twelve by Twelve, a word from the book stuck to my mind: “Pilgrimage.” After a few pages, I had to put the book down, take the closest piece of paper I could find (a torn envelope) and my trusty pen, and write it down. Then I went back to reading. Very soon, I noticed there were more words to get out of my head. The moment was almost magical — not in a supernatural sense, just very fascinating — realizing that this big picture of my world view had been building inside my head all along I thought I was only thinking of diapers and children’t games, and now it was ready to come out.
The list grew longer and longer, every word adding something to the image of a life that is good enough, thankful, and I might even use the word blessed. A life that brings joy to me, but also adds to the common good.
Here they are: 24 words to describe what living a good life is about — or my collection of buzz words:
I am not adding any explanations to these words. They are powerful words on their own, and if they ring true to you, I am sure you will find your own interpretations and conclusions.
When you do, I’d love to hear what thoughts these words create in you. And maybe one or more words that you would add to the list?