why nice things?

This photo of a wind vane  comes from another iron works that I passed on my way to visit a relative. About to post it – another nice photo – I came to think of a question I have been asked by a couple of acquaintances: why don’t I write about important things on my blog? Why not use my space, my speaker’s corner, to advocate a cause? Why post photos of these nice surroundings and (expensive) pens and wind vanes (of all things???)? I’ve asked myself  similar questions. Always a hint of bad conscience (mixed with relief and gratitude for not having to struggle everyday to have a place to stay and food on the table) for living in a fairly rich, democratic country. Why spend money on fancy pens when people starve? Why look for beauty when a lot of people live under outrageous conditions? I won’t pretend that there is an easy answer to it. But I do think it is necessary with these nice, pleasant things/surroundings etc as a counter weight to the ugly parts of  life and world.  To embrace beauty as well as kindness (who on earth prefers to be friends with mean people?) and pleasure is a way to find energy to try to make the world a little better place. To like (and buy) beautiful pens doesn’t necessarily mean that one naïvely embraces consumerism and the luxury goods industry. My dear  fountain pens add a big pleasure to my everyday living. They are not disposable – made to be thrown away when they are used – but can be refilled over and over again. A pen repairer (magician) can repair them if they break and  there is a zillion of inks and ink colours to choose from and fill the pen with. Simple joys. I honestly believe that being able to find pleasure in (small) things is necessary to be able to acknowledge and cope with the painful parts of life and world. I think that the world could be a little better and kinder if people were a little happier and tried to find the things in life that make them happy and prosperous. Sounds simple and naïve, but if one looks at the stats over the prescriptions of anti depressants of all sorts in  Europe and US, it is rather clear that people are very unhappy and uncomfortable in their lives. I don’t believe that there is one solution or a quick fix, but I do think it is important to try to find something every day that makes us happy or prosperous. Like an old iron works embedded in fairytale snow. Or a beautiful pen. Or a walk with a friend.

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3 Responses to why nice things?

  1. Julie says:

    There is a saying that we need roses as well as bread! Lovely post.

  2. Lexi0514 says:

    Is it jealousy that makes people question your choices? Or is it that they themselves are unable to find their own happiness in the little things in life? Your beautiful pictures show that you find hapiness in the simple beauty of a building, a weather vane or a pen. The happiness you feel is evident in those pictures. Someone told me once that nobody can make you happy except you, yourself. That is very true. Finding the things that make us feel good, whether it’s a pen, a certain type of paper or an ink in a beautiful color can give us a joyful feeling that spreads to all those with whom we come in contact. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if happiness was so easily attained by all?

    • dandelion says:

      I hope it is not jealousy – the persons are thankfully just acquaintances – but as you point out it might be so. Some people get very provoked by positive thinking and the strive to try to find some happiness; reducing it to something naïve and uncritical. I try to avoid these creatures as far as possible. I am not – for sure – happy all the time, but I see the aim to find pleasure in small (and big) things as something self preserving. Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful comment and for the kind words!

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