Life’s Simple Pleasures



Have you ever noticed the world is travelling at a faster pace?
Have you noticed how the internet has impacted on just about everything?
Do you ever feel like life is out of control and you are just on for the ride?
Do you remember the last time you sat down and enjoyed reading a good book?

At times I feel like my life is out of control and world is spinning faster and faster. I also believe that the internet is a good thing and it’s impacts can be very positive on society. At times though I question whether the internet is a useful tools or whether I am a slave to the internet. Really though it is important that I ensure it is a tool and that I do not become the slave.

On Sunday my youngest was invited to a party at Monkey Mania at DFO in Canberra. It was exciting for her to see her friends, run around and eat junk food. All the usual stuff for a children’s party…… While she was having fun with her friends my other three children were with me. At first I asked what they wanted to do and see. This involved the usual visit to Smiggle and EB Games. Though it did not take long and the children were out of money.

Their money had run out and it was lunch time. So over lunch I asked what else the children wanted to do….. Not much in the way of a response. So afterwards we headed out and bought some supplies for the upcoming Timor Leste trip. We then had about an hour left over before Anna was finished at the party. As we wandered through DFO the children were not sure what they wanted to see or do.


We wandered aimlessly until Angela asked if they could have a look in the book store….. Bookstores are such interesting places (at least to me). I can browse a bookstore for hours and learn so much. In the end the children got totally lost in the books…… With all the remaining time spend in the bookstore, not one of the three children noticed the time pass. It seemed that the best part of the day was the bookstore.

This got me thinking:

  • How many times do we get caught up in the busyness of life?
  • Do we get caught up in the urgency of technology?
  • Do we take time to enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures (a good book or time in nature)?
  • How do I spend time with family?


About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

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  1. I liked this very much. People (and family) come first, always. I think of that old canard: “As you’re dyinjg, will you think: Gee, I wish I’d spent more time at work?” No, you will not.

  2. Great story, I love the bookstore as my children and I spent many an hour in them and the library. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely message. Am heading up to the Maine coast tomorrow, and will have at least a couple of books on hand.

  4. Excellent thoughts!!! Life is measured by how we engage in the moments. And bookstores are the best place to spend those moments – which, as you experienced, can expand into hours.

  5. when we don’t use our brains, we become lax, and learning becomes replaced by technologies. imagination brings forth a great person for our future

  6. This is such an insightful post. I can perfectly relate again. When I was a full time career woman, I missed much out of my child and life, as well. The past year has been a challenge, making that shift of working from home coming from a corporate set up. It has been a struggle. But today, it’s all much simpler. I hope you continue to find the simplejoys! I spend a lot of time in a bookstore with the kids. They just lounge around and lose themselves in books. =>

  7. Amen to Life’s Simple Pleasures. That sounds like a lovely day.

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