I’ve just returned from a 7 day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The time away certainly gave me time to reflect and think about my life – what I am happy with and what I would like to change. It also made me appreciate all that I have in my life.
May the month of happiness. This month I want to focus on happiness and what that really means to each of us. Simple ways to find happiness in our life.
What makes you happy? Have you really thought about it?
Travelling is such an education and on this cruise we arrived in Port Vila, Vanuatu and met Arthur. Arthur was our taxi driver for the day we were in port and he really reminded me that you don’t need much to be happy.
Coming from Australia which is still regarded as the ‘lucky country’ I was reminded that I am indeed fortunate to live here but also perhaps Arthur’s life was just as good – even though in a material sense he doesn’t have much.
As we drove along, we asked Arthur about his life and living in Vanuatu. He told us that he works six days a week driving a taxi then on Saturday night takes a 1.5 hour bus journey home to his wife and children who live in a village on the other side of the island. His grandfather is the chief of the village, they live in huts and make a living from growing fruit and vegetables which they sell at the markets.
The average wage in Vanuatu is $100 per week. Schools and medical services are not free and in fact many of the schools are only attended by children of foreigners or government officials. The normal person cannot afford to send their children to school. In Australia we have free education and medical.
My husband asked Arthur: “Have you lived in Vanuatu all your life and have you ever thought of leaving?”
Arthur replied that he had always lived on the island and was quite happy with his life. He couldn’t really afford to leave but didn’t want to anyway. Family life and village life was very important to him. He was contented with his life.
We had a fabulous day exploring and visiting the Blue lagoon & the Rarru Rentapau Falls. So peaceful and inspiring to be in nature and to just ‘be in the moment’. I’ve included a short video of the Falls – so relaxing.
I left Arthur that day feeling uplifted and also with determination to continue my quest to ‘Simplify My Life’ (which was my word for 2017).‘Simplify My Life’ (which was my word for 2017).
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Why not take 5 minutes to reflect on your life and think of what really makes you happy? Then make that a priority.