I had a really good analogy appear over our weekend away.
We went to see friends on a large property down South. Balingup, for anyone who would like to check it out on Google Earth, lol.
It was a real eye opener to me and put a lot of what I talk about into perspective.
The guy who owned the property, had moved there for a lifestyle choice and admittedly had taken to it like a duck to water. What amazed me was the amount of work he had to do. Feeding Cows, feeding chickens, mowing hay, repairing fences etc.. etc…
When I asked him about all the work he said “This is not work, this is what I love doing.”
I commented about the fact he called it a relaxed lifestyle and he said that the thing that drove him was the fact that everything was in order and at the end of each day he felt relaxed and at peace with himself and the world.
This is a classic example of if you enjoy what you are doing, it ceases to be work. This guy is actually working mentally and physically harder than he has ever worked and is totally relaxed.
I never really appreciated how much effort you had to put in to live a relaxed lifestyle.
The other very valid thing that he said was, if he did not keep on top of the work, things would slip and not be as he wanted it to be, and he would not then enjoy it. Another great observation, whatever you are doing you must always keep an eye on it to make sure at the end of the day it is what you want.
Well it was a lovely few days away, but I think I will create my relaxed lifestyle in suburbia.