“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I am going to make the gross assumption that everyone has thought, at least once, about what they would do if they won a big sum of cash. I just had a dream the other night that I was handed a cheque for $500,000.00. When I woke up, my brain rapidly began to compile a list of my desires and the list was (not surprisingly) simple.
I want this house on a big piece of land that affords me privacy, sunsets and a vast array of nature. I want the peepers to chirp me to sleep at night and I want the caress of the morning sun to touch my cheek while I rouse. I want to sit on that top deck and enjoy my morning coffee while I watch the dogs chasing squirrels. I want to glance to my right and see the roof of my garage which also houses the space I can use to dabble in wood-work.
This house has always been the house I want to build. It is small, charming and has a big kitchen so I can cook and bake to my heart’s content. A picture of this house is pinned to a board on my refrigerator. Each time I look at it, I send that wish into the universe hoping that some day my wish will be turned into a reality.
Many times I have closed my eyes and pictured myself sitting in my eclectic, but not expensive, living room. The candles on the dining room table are lit, soft music plays in the background and the smell of roasting lamb permeates every room in the house. The wine is a perfect temperature and every now and then I urgently run upstairs to my writing room to document my latest burst of creativity.
My happiness is not waiting for me in distant geographical locations. My happiness does not consist of collections of things. My happiness lies within those four walls and the grass and trees that will surround it. I want to love everything about my life, I want to live deliberately and I want to do it in this house.
What would be your wish if you were able to afford anything you wanted?