Sunday, March 1, 2009

Down to the Earth

I know it's been some time since I last blogged, and honestly I have quite the list of things I still plan on blogging. But to get back in the swing of things, I just wanted to put something I feel is particularly important today. I have been doing a lot of introspection recently about the things that are most important to me, and the exercise has been very revealing.

We live in a society where we focus a lot on being better than everyone else. Americans now work more hour than the Japanese (click here for more). Now with a recession everyone is concerned about where the money is going to come from - we're stressed, over-extended, and over-worked. So at least at those things maybe we're the best.

I love this country, and I love the opportunities that I enjoy for being a part of it. I just think we can all do a lot for ourselves by just slowing down a little bit and noticing what wonderful things we have around us. Instead of trying to be better than everyone else, it's time to stop competing and start thriving on our blessings.

One of the things that I love about the movie Wall-E is the message that after trying so hard to reach for the stars and get ahead, what we end up wanting in the end more than anything is what we already had. The Peter Gabriel song during the closing credits says this better than anything (CLICK HERE for lyrics, they're great):



Spend time with your families, enjoy a great book, listen to some beautiful music, take a look at the amazing earth we live on. Come "down to the ground", and don't let your ambitions get in the way of your life...

7 comments:

Eric Hanson said...

Abby just reminded me of a video that really fits this idea. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoGYx35ypus

Qait said...

I agree, Eric.
When I've told people that I'm honestly not stressing about the economy, it's like they think I'm supposed to (otherwise I must not understand). :)
Sad that most people have no peace when it comes to what's in the future. I still dream!

Rae said...

WHY did I just NOW find your blog? In what universe am I living?!!

Well, yay! I found you!

Anna said...

Amen!
So when are we going to see you guys? I was thinking how fun it would be to all go to Disney World this summer. If we go Aug 7th, you and Emma would be free. Wouldn't it be nice. :)

Rae said...

Also, this is beautiful; a beautiful thought.

Abby Hanson said...

Hey babe, the video link in your comment doesn't go to a specific video and I can't even remember what video I reminded you of!

Abby Hanson said...

Oh I remember now! It was the clip of the guy talking about how everything is great, so why aren't we happy? Here's a link that should work: http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=jETv3NURwLc