Sometimes Simple Living Scares People
There is someone I know through the "blogosphere" who is having difficulties with fitting in to their neighborhood. They live a simple, frugal life in a smaller town, in an old home that they are slowly updating. They are now mortgage-free. They grow many of their own vegetables and fruits. They have a few much-loved chickens that play in their garden. They are considerate of their neighbors. They bake wonderful breads and other dishes that they share. They leave bouquets of fresh flowers on doorsteps--just to bring some joy to others. Any yet, they are denounced as being "problems" and the neighborhood children call them names and make them feel unwanted, and unwelcome.
I'm trying to figure out why some people are so threatened by someone showing only kindness. I think it's because when people see someone managing to be happy,(especially without all the "things" that modern society says that they "need" in order to be so), they become frightened because it means that maybe--just maybe--they are wrong.
That's a scary thought. After all they've suffered in order to get ahead, buy the right house, the right car, wear the right clothes, and go on the right vacations, perhaps it's all meaningless after all. Perhaps they didn't really need to do all that in order to find happiness.
Learning to be content with what you have is, perhaps, the greatest skill one can ever learn. I'm still struggling. Most everyone else is too. Sometimes you have to make your own community if the one you live in won't have you. That's sad, but it's their loss, not yours.