到了花蓮生活一段時日才發現,凡是談到或聽到為之嚮往的生活型態,用到的形容詞不外乎是純樸、簡單、愜意、隨性、輕鬆、樂、慢等令人欣喜的字眼,於是當我看到簡單圈的時候,那種吸引是立即而且直接的。

  第一次看到簡單圈,是在「有的、沒的」用餐時,發現它靜靜躺在某個角落,和其他刊物以及DM並排放置,供人取閱。當時的封面人物是陳綺貞,捧著便當走在小學校園內,教室外的長廊,而當期主旨正是便當。恰好那時電視上大量播放關於陳綺貞的演唱會片段,加上好友對她莫名的喜愛,於是在等餐的空檔,自然而然拾起一份翻閱。

  簡單圈的排版和設計很舒服,就和內容一樣維持簡單明瞭,又創意十足。首頁舒展開來是橫幅三頁的照片和一段文字,像一扇通往自然的窗,可以釘在牆上當作海報裝飾;另一面是文章,一份約四篇,兩篇較長,兩篇較短。內容區分為人、事、物和音樂,五花八門,卻都脫不了一種簡單生活的概念。

  因為簡單圈的緣故,也開始對簡單生活這個團隊更有興趣,去深入了解它的其他面向,同時也激發我對於類似刊物或網站資訊的興趣。看到一群個人或團體,在自己擅場的領域,宣揚自己喜歡的生活理念,那種感覺很美好。

  現在的我恰好歷經生命中的一大抉擇,捨棄傳統保守的路子,追求理想,做喜歡的事情,所以每當看到其他的人也在其他的領域努力過喜歡的生活,做喜歡的事情,信心就會更堅定一些。「做喜歡的事,讓喜歡的事有價值」是簡單生活為自己下的註解,我也盼能如此,讓自己喜歡的事情,堅持的事情,能夠有所價值。

  對我而言,簡單生活不只是一個口號,也是一個日日實踐的理念。

簡單生活的網站:
http://simplelife.streetvoice.com/simplelife/index.html


After lived in Hualien for a while do I begin to discover, whenever I speak of desirable lifestyles, the descriptions always involve delightful phrases such as simple, unsophisticated, leisure, casual, relaxing, pleasant and slow. Hence when I first saw Simple Ripple, the attraction was immediate.

It was in a frequently visited restaurant where I first saw Simple Ripple, laying quietly in a corner, together with other publications and DM. I remember singer Cheer Chen was the cover figure for that issue, holding a cloth wrapped lunch box, standing on a long narrow corridor outside a row of primary school classrooms. Coincidentally clips of Cheer’s concert performance were aired intensively across all channels, and on top of that, a close friend of mine just fell in love with her music, so during the wait for the handmade meal, I naturally picked an issue and began browsing.

The composition and art design of Simple Ripple is very comfortable and pleasing to the eye, and is as straightforward as its contents, but original nevertheless. Unfold the title page is a three-page wide photo with few lines of text, like a window to beauty and nature, a great material for wall design. On the opposing side are the articles, four of them per issue, with two longer ones and two shorter ones. The content is categorized into people, matter, things and music, although of wide variety, but all penetrated by a central theme of simplicity in life.

After coming in contact with Simple Ripple, I begin to grow interests in the team Simple Life, exploring its multiple facets, as well as in search of publications or internet sites of similar contents. Witnessing individuals or groups, in their respective disciplines, advocating and pursuing the concepts and ideals of life they are passionate in, is very touching and motivational.

I have recently encountered a pivotal point in my life, and back then I chose to abandon the conventional and conservative path, instead selected a pursuit in ideals, doing something that I really like, therefore whenever I see others pursuing their dreams and ideals in their respective disciplines, my confidence would grow even stronger. “Do something you like, and make it worthwhile” is Simple Life’s own footnote about them, and I also hope so, to make things I like, things I persist in, worthwhile.

Simple Life is not just a slogan to me; it is an ideal that demands endeavor and engagement in life at every moment to fulfill.

Please remember to check out their website:
http://simplelife.streetvoice.com/simplelife/index.html



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