Simple Satisfaction
Published on June 23, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about some of my simple satisfactions.

Here's an excerpt:

Occasionally I’m accused of being a person who is never satisfied with anything.

And it’s hard to argue otherwise.

There are, in my mind, numerous things to be dissatisfied with. All I have to do is step outside, or read the newspapers, to start feeling dissatisfied. The numerous vacant buildings that I drive or walk past on a daily basis are a source of dissatisfaction. So are the potholes I frequently drive over, and the people who honk their horns on my street early in the morning, and the trash I see on the side of the road and hanging from trees.

The trash is always a particular source of discontent. Years ago, one of my old colleagues frequently called the city of Albany to alert them to a plastic bag that had been trapped in the branches of the tree outside her office window for months on end. 'This bag has been there for a really long time,' she would say. 'Can’t someone remove it?'

Of course no one could remove it. That goes without saying. For all I know, that unsightly plastic bag is still ensnared in that downtown tree, bringing a little bit of ugliness to someone else’s daily view.

A single bag in a single tree isn’t such a big deal. But it’s certainly indicative of a world that’s far from perfect. And I don’t know why I should be satisfied with a world that’s far from perfect. Every day, I find myself asking why the world can’t be better than it is now. It’s hard to read reports of war and joblessness and corruption and crime and just shrug my shoulders and accept it.

That said, there are plenty of things that I find satisfying. Here are some of them:

* Mountains, particularly when I am standing on top of them.

* Seafood, especially lobster, but also shrimp and clams."

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