Finding the acorn in life

“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut (acorn) once in a while,” or so the expression, or idiom, goes.

I have a little visitor that graces the borders of my flower bed almost every morning to remind me that although we like to believe we have total control over our surroundings or lives, sometimes it just takes a little luck to achieve something or be where we want to be in life.

My visitor is a chipmunk I call Alvin and although he isn’t technically a squirrel, he is squirrel-like.

I’m not really sure whether he is blind or not, but I do question his methodology about how he goes about finding his acorns, which I see him with every now and then.

I often wonder, which is why I bring up the idiom, whether his methodology of finding an acorn is more luck than skill … he has more days of not having an acorn than he does having one, but he survives.

There are days Alvin can be seen scurrying around the long wall of the flower bed, which I assume is more for protection from the local hawk than it is part of his search for the elusive acorn.

It’s ironic how nature is a replicated microcosm of human society and mimics the struggles and victories of its counterpart — humankind — it’s one of the reasons I returned to where I have always felt at peace … here in the countryside.

I have often wondered the real reasons why relationships fail, why the suicide rates are so high, why there are so many on prescription drugs designed to help people cope, why there is so much crime and all the other “why’s” I think about that could fill a hundred pages — it’s all for the acorn, figuratively speaking, I suspect.

Yes, I realize civilization must grow in all aspects of life, but growth also exacts a price — disconnection — in lieu of what is necessary for personal growth and happiness, we get that, whcih is considered easier and more efficient, then complain about being unhappy.

So why is there so much unhappiness? In my opinion it is because of all the distractions we face in our modern, easier and more efficient world.

Today’s civilization is so concerned about having the best and greatest of everything, keeping up with social media, keeping up with the Joneses, and so many other things that we lose ourselves and sacrifice personal happiness just to keep up with progress — yes, life is, after all, called a “rat race” for a reason.

But, is it worth the personal sacrifice? For some it is, for others looking for the proverbial acorn, not so much.

No, I am not a minimalist, survivalist or austere, but I have found that getting rid of a few distractions makes life easier to negotiate.

Yes, I still have a few modern conveniences like the internet, but I really don’t have much time in the day to be on it. I don’t have cellphone service where I live, but I do have a cell phone, which I can use when I am in an area with cell service and other than electricity, that about tops my modern conveniences, other than automobiles.

What I have learned about moving back out to the country has only reaffirmed my roots and the things most important to me … family, peace, quiet, being surrounded by nature and counting on myself, my ingenuity, doing the day-to-day things it takes to make life comfortable and making every minute, every hour and every day count … because in the country, every minute of every day matters in remote areas.

So, what is the moral of my story? You can run up and down the wall of life being ineffective or misguided in your quest for happiness and you may just get lucky and find it … but, getting lucky is not a very good backup plan.

Not everyone can move out in the country and be happy, but if you are still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, try shedding some of the things in life that maybe aren’t really as important as you now believe they are.

When you shed all the distractions you’ll rediscover those things most important to you. Maybe you will find the darkness will be smaller and the light at the end of the tunnel can be found — it is there where you will find your way to shine and perhaps that special slice of sunshine like I have found.

My Acorn