A few weeks ago I’ve wrote this article where I was telling you why I like to stay in villages or small communities.

After I’ve post it, I realized that there are even more reasons why I like to do it. I felt like I left out too many things that I’ve learned from spending my time in small communities. That’s why I decided to write another one, a follow-up, because these things that I learned in the places where I’ve been are extremely valuable.

So, besides all those reasons why I like going to small and more peaceful places, here’s a list of the things I learned while being in those places, which could become reasons for going to this places.

  • While I’ve lived in small communities I’ve learned to be humble.

I’ve seen the beauty of the simple and ordinary life. I’ve looked into the beauty of a relaxed life and into the lifestyle of “this is me, I am not trying to impress you with superficial stuff”.

  • I’ve also learned what gratitude is, by seeing people being happy with less.

While you’ll spend some time in villages or so, you will come to the conclusion that most of the things we have are just dragging us down and we don’t need so much. You’ll learn that you can actually live with less. The secret in doing this is to appreciate what you have and to be grateful for the things you’ve got.
You’ll learn that most of the things we think we need are not in fact needs but wants. This is a really powerful lesson, ‘cos it will free your mind. You’ll feel like a burden was taken from your chest after you’ll learn this. Why we tend to transform our wants into needs has lots of reasons, and I won’t write about them here because I feel it’s more like a debate :)

  • You might shrink your ego while you’ll experience the lifestyle of small places.

You’ll realize that lots of the things and labels, created by the ego, are useless and their sole purpose is to impress others. By diminishing your ego, you’ll get closer to your core, your real self, and discover new things that are more valuable than the ego-based labels. You’ll realize how many of the things we say or do are useless and only to impress others. You’ll realize that those things are just a waste of your time and energy and you’ll most likely stop doing them in order to channel you energy to the things that really matter for you.
I’m not saying that only by living in villages or small communities you’ll be able to make your ego smaller, but for me that worked out just fine and it was more like a “side-effect”. It just happened and it took less effort from me.

  • Another thing that I learned from my experiences in these places was to be genuinely and unconditionally nice and helpful.

It’s not that we’re not nice and helpful, but after noticing how helpful and nice are the strangers and the simple people you’ll meet, your definitions will change. You will appreciate more the things and favors you’ll receive and because of that you’ll do them more often. You will know how great it feels when you’re helped unconditionally, and that will make you help more people, as often as you can. Spending time in small communities might make you an even better person that you already are.

  • I’ve basically seen what the true nature of people is: kindness and love.

Personally I consider that all of us are kind and loving. Some people might have those traits a bit more buried down under labels and social roles, but deep, deep inside we’re all kind and loving. Sometimes it might not be so clear to see it due to the agendas of each individual or due to the goals he/she is reaching for, but we all have those qualities in our nature. It’s a bit difficult to express it into words, ‘cos you have to experience it, to get in contact with it. But I’m sure that most of you know what I mean.

  • By spending time in small communities you will feel the uplifting energy of a simple “hello” said yo you by a total stranger.

When I say a total strange I don’t mean the old, bitter lady from next door, but a temporary neighbor you’ll have, who doesn’t know you at all. You will feel the power of a smile gave by a person who doesn’t even know your name. The power of a smile that might brighten up your day, or pull you out from that miserable mood that you’ve been into for the last 2 weeks.

Basically you’ll learn to be human.

Tell me, what things you’ve learned from living or from staying in small communities?