Day 70 & Robert Louis Stevenson
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
I really like the above quote. RLS is reminding us that happiness and fulfilment can only be found in the moment that we are in now, and therefore we must look for it in the things right under our noses. It reminds me of a great short story called Acres of Diamonds which can be googled and downloaded free as a PDF. It is about a farmer in Africa who follows the diamond rush by leaving everything behind only to have a poor, lonely end to his life having failed to find his fortune. Later one of the richest diamond fields is found on his own land. That’s it in a nutshell – the actual story presents it a lot better!
I think it’s also important to add one thing to the RLS quote. “Life’s plain, common work” and “daily duties” are only going to give you the opportunity for fulfilment if you have a life of purpose and focus, one without long to-do lists of tasks that are not of your choosing. Knowing what you value, and removing everything else, are key to finding this sweet spot where your daily simple duties are ones of value and fulfilment.
Today, I did the same as yesterday and updated the subscription settings on things that appeared in my Facebook feed that didn’t get the treatment yesterday. Early indications are that this is making a dramatic difference!