Some seem to think my life dedicated to simplicity and service is
austere and joyless, but these do not know the freedom of simplicity.
I know enough about food to nourish my body properly, and I have
excellent health. I enjoy food, but I eat to live. I do not live to
eat, and I know when to stop eating. I am not enslaved by food. My
clothes are most comfortable as well as most practical. My shoes, for
instance, have soft fabric tops and soft rubberlike soles - I feel
free as though I were walking barefoot. I am not enslaved by fashion.
I am not a slave to comfort and convenience - for instance, I sleep
equally well in a soft bed or on the grass beside the road.
I am not burdened by unnecessary possessions or meaningless
activities. My life is full and good, but not overcrowded, and I do my
work easily and joyously. I feel beauty all around me and I see beauty
in everyone I meet. I recognize the laws which govern this universe,
and I find harmony through gladly and joyously obeying them. I
recognize my part in the life pattern, and I find harmony through
gladly and joyously living it. I recognize my oneness with all
mankind. My happiness overflows in loving and giving toward everyone
-- Peace Pilgrim, (She walked more than 25,000 miles, carrying in her
blue tunic her only possessions. She crossed America for nearly three
decades, bearing the simplest of messages: This is the way of peace --
overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love)
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