I've had some time off this month, and I've enjoyed it tremendously. I'm always amazed at how spending time in a primal or natural way is so beneficial. It seems that only a few primal factors are needed to make a day enjoyable:
- Physical effort – walking and lifting
- Natural (paleo) foods
- Family and friends
It's also surprising how the absence of things leads to a greater feeling of richness – the absence of schedules, deadlines, trivial matters, etc.
I would imagine that our hunter-gatherer ancestors felt this richness on a much more regular basis than today. I feel that the trends in modern society of more work, more technology-driven work, less human interaction, less leisure time, and more stress are robbing many of this enjoyment.
When things are right, when life is lived in a simple, primal way, the world seems wonderful and bright. At these moments, I feel grateful and blessed that I have everything I need.