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.
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- Aug 12 Thu 2010 18:18