be content with what you have

October 16, 2010 at 11:41 am 13 comments

‘Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you’

~ Lao Tzu

Accepting a messy house, a weedy allotment, too many plates spinning.
Rejoicing in sound sleep, good food, hot baths and unconditional love.

Entry filed under: home life.

slow cooked green tomato and rhubarb chutney feed the birds: 18-31 October

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kirsten  |  October 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    divine beings who give unconditional love – I believe that is the definition of the domesticated feline! Lovely photos!

  • 2. Johanna GGG  |  October 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    cats are so good at contentment – if only I had such a relaxed life but I do appreciate the little victories like just having vaccummed the carpet

  • 3. Catherine  |  October 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

    This was a lovely thing to read on this gorgeous Sunday morning – enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

  • 4. nina - tabiboo  |  October 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Contentment of a cat – a beautiful post and thank you for the reminder.

    Nina xxx

  • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  October 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Kirsten – I agree with the Kirsten dictionary :o)

    Johanna – with cats in the home vacuuming is a BIG victory. Well done you x

    Catherine – thank you, you too!

    Nina – your post about untidy homes inspired it by reminding me that I’m not the only one trying to do much. So thank you x

  • 6. Ann  |  October 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Well your cats certainly look contented, they don’t care about tidiness do they!!!

  • 7. anitanee  |  October 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Love this post, not just like x

  • 8. Tom  |  October 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Well, our cat Cupid enjoys those same things except the hot bath.
    Her legs become eight foot wide when we attempt to put her into the sink.

  • 9. M  |  October 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    thanks Nic, I needed to be reminded of that

  • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  October 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Ann – they favour untidy in fact, especially Mikey who loves nothing better than to occupy any clothing left in an unusual place!

    Anita – pleased to hear that 😉

    Tom – I can picture the scene! Much as cats hate water these cats seem to enjoy chilling out in empty sinks – cats in sinks

    M – I did too! Glad you liked it

  • 11. Everlovin' Dad  |  October 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Messy house – refers to untidy bedroom of your youth?
    sound sleep oh yes, good food brings in your mum for sure,
    hot baths – agreed, and unconditional love is the base of a satisfactory package.
    This comment sent to the background of “Twelfth of Never” and “River Deep Mountain High”. Bliss

  • 12. Stephanie M at Together In Food  |  November 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Sorry to be a month late to your post but catching up after 22 days of travel — to Italy and the east coast of the U.S. Did a great cooking lesson in Italy & posted it on my blog if you are interested (and, coincidentally, also did a post on the beauty in simplicity–similar theme to your post here).

    But I love Lao Tzu’s quote and so had to comment. Accepting a muddy, torn up garden. Rejoicing in being home, feeling healthy and being able to cook in my own kitchen after 3 weeks away.

  • 13. Nip it in the bud  |  November 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

    your trip sounds amazing Stephanie (and such great photos of your adventures) . I enjoyed your simplicity post and love Paulo Coelho too. Time I re-read some of his books I think – hmm now which one…


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