“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
I have not lived in a barrel as the great Greek philosopher but I believe Socrates has a point. Food and water, clothes and a warm, dry shelter are enough to satisfy our basic needs. Add some good company, as in humans or pets, and life can be enjoyable. Can be. Because it is not the external factors that make us happy or not. It is an appreciation from within that fills us with happiness.
Today, I am enjoying a clear, sunny day inside. At least for the moment it is the right place to warm up from the blistering winds that have driven the snow hard for the last 2 days. It was a beautiful display of snow crystals, clouds moving across the ridges and valleys. We went out for a short hike up to the Monument yesterday. It was too windy to stop and watch the waves of snow moving across the tundra, which looked more like an ocean than anything else. My gloves took off in the wind twice. For a brief moment I had to think of the mountaineers in the Alaska Range enduring high winds on exposed ridges. No place to hide…
Once on top it was a quick turn around, back down the mountain, into the sheltered lodge at the lake, where a warm dinner waited for us.