I am now over the of age of 50, so I am always looking answers to life's big questions as the clock clicks along. I think I stumbled across one the other evening that I have called my Triple C rule.
I have read and listened to so many theories about happiness, well being and the simple uncluttered life over the last year. There are elements that I feel really can apply to my life if I can get into the habit of applying them week in week out. It is no good doing it for a week, then ignoring for a month, the same way that half a diet doesn't do you any good in the long run. Both will likely hold you at your current weight or state of happiness, but we all want more that that don’t we ? we should all strive IMO to improve ourselves at all times, or we will just slip backwards and get into bad and probably unhappy habits in our lives.
My first C is comfort. This is important for me. I must confess that it is an area that I have to work on with our home to make it warmer for Winter, but I need the sort of atmosphere where I can chill and drift away for a short nap, or how I prefer to put it, I am just rebooting my brain for 20 minutes. Maybe it is just me, but that time to let the buzzing about in my head just dissipate is time well spent. We don't have enough downtime in this 100 mph world and it is important IMO to have a comfortable uncluttered environment for that downtime. Relaxation is an important part of life and again, something that I have to work on. I always feel like I should be doing something to progress myself and my family.
Secondly, Companionship I find now is vital for my life. I have spent far too much of my life on my own as Billy no mates in my bedroom for years, so I now treasure every minute with Lorraine my Scottish Rock. We don’t have to be talking all the time, just knowing that somebody is there is enough to put my world at peace. Although that said, a daily debrief after work is a good to way to get things off our chests. The occasional trip out to a film or maybe a show is a real treat that I should do more of. That feeling of togetherness is very powerful. I saw on TV recently that the number of older men who are living on their own is sadly a growing number and with it comes other problems of isolationism such as not getting involved with doctors and other healthcare people when they really should be doing so.
When I say Cuisine for my 3rd C , I mean good quality food. This for me doesn't have to be fancy TV show food, just down to earth food where you know you have had a good meal and it has stuck to your ribs. Most of my life has been a battle with my weight, but I find that a half hearted dinner only leads to me eating later when I really shouldn't be. I have always enjoyed my food and there is nothing better than to enjoy a good meal with loved ones. If my food is a bit below par or it is something I have grabbed from what was about, I can feel my spirits fall. We are as they say, what we eat. But a nice steak and chips with fried mushrooms and whatever else is going, and the spirits fly upwards. I have been known to get the right hump on when I am dieting and when I get a meal, probably made by myself, that is not up to scratch.
I have always been a person with simple desires and expectations out of life, maybe less that I should rightly expect to have. To have a nice meal with Lorraine in a nice warm pub just ticks all the boxes for me and makes me smile and be happy. It doesn't solve the worlds problems, but for a few hours, all is well in my world and I am content. That has to have positive health benefits in the long run.
Animals have no side to them, they know what they want, its a simple world that they live in. I watch my hens and they like the comfort to be out of the wind, in a mob with the rest of the hen gang for companionship and probably in their heads, more safety whilst they get stuck into their grub or for the benefit of this article, enjoy their cuisine.
The other night, I sat on my own, Lorraine was at work and I hadn't got myself a decent meal for tea, my fault totally. That got me thinking as I sulked and the triple C came to mind. In that instance, none of the three boxes were ticked. The following night, the Steak and Chips at the local pub ticked all 3 boxes. There are many more things I need to do to get a simple and happy life, but the more I think about it, The Triple C is a good place to make a start for me.