Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Porch

So many of us today are looking for that "something else."

Well, guess what? You already have your "something else." It's wherever you are, or whomever you're with, or whatever you believe in. There's nothing else to look for or look out for. You already have "arrived."

In this fast paced world of ours, we tend to forget about the simpler things. And we should not. For so long I thought that Hollywood was "the answer." It is not. For so long, I longed to be a "star," without realizing that I already was one - as are we all. We are all the stars of our own lives. And the simpler the life, the better.

Barbeques, peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, and sitting on the porch after a delicious meal with your family and/or friends - these are the true treasures of life.

Getting the bigger house doesn't work. Buying the 5th car doesn't work. Aspiring for anything to be the "answer," doesn't work.

Believe me, I know.

If you own a home, and you're attempting to aspire to anything in the new year ahead, and if your home doesn't already have one, I strongly suggest you construct a porch. For a porch is a bridge - a bridge to gentleness, tranquility, and the positive attributes of both solitude and community.

The Porch has disappeared in the last two decades or so. Only rarely now, along with its distant siblings, the Sidewalk and the Street Lights, is it slowly returning. All too many new homes are still being built with only patios - in the back (which began with the great migrations to the suburbs in the late 1950s and 1960s).

Backyard patios are fine, and they serve their purpose. But nothing holds together a life, a family, a flock of friends, a neighborhood, a community, a town, a city, a state, a country, a world, a universe - nothing holds it all together more - than a porch.

In the front.

So instead of maybe purchasing that 6th vehicle, or building that new eight thousand square-foot home (as opposed to the six thousand square foot one you already have now), build a porch.

But whatever do, don't enclose it.

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