I think we have all heard the expression, 'The best things in life are free.' Some people may roll their eyes and think it is just a cliche. However, there is a lot of truth in these words.
Yes, we all need money to pay the rent/mortgage and bills. Money buys food, clothes and things we need. It is great to have the ability to buy things for our home and to spend on a holiday now and then.
There are things we can get for free, but we need to be aware of them. Some of these things bring happiness and give us a sense of peace.
What are some of the things we get for free? They include all the aspects of Nature such as
listening to birds sing
watching birds flying
looking at animals
Italian actress, Eleonora Duse said, 'If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.'
Nature is free. Image:Marie Vonow
Joyful connections and interactions with other people are free and include-
shared experiences and memories
There are many other things you can't buy which may be difficult to put into words. Having a healthy, loving relationship with yourself is one of the best things in the world. If you have this, you accept yourself just as you are right now and believe you are a worthy human being. You forgive yourself for things you didn't handle as well as you think you should have. You believe you will manage whatever tomorrow brings.
Having a feeling of generally being at peace with the world is priceless. How do you explain how this feeling of peace feels? Perhaps it is the absence of negative stress, fear, jealousy and the like. It is a feeling of not being burdened by worries of what the future will bring.
Having enough money to cover the basics of life with a bit left over is great. However, not everything is about money. Enjoying and feeling gratitude for the free things of life is a true blessing.