Simplicity in Life

                In today’s world, people jam so much in their lives – which is not necessarily bad.  As we approach the holiday season, the pace almost seems insane. Wouldn’t it be nice if things could be simplified? Even just once in a while? Could one have a full life and have things simplified at the same time?  Sure, but it takes some work.

Having a simplified life doesn’t mean there are only one or two things on your to-do list.  There can still be a lot on the list (including taking martial arts classes at Basche’s), but make the list organized. Create your to-do list the night before. Then, the next morning, you’ll know exactly what you need to do for the day! You can also use categories to help organize, or even place a simple “1, 2, 3” next to the items. This can help show what are priorities and what can wait.

Speaking of priorities, carefully consider your obligations. Inevitably, people get involved in things they feel obligated to do – sometimes to a fault. Keeping commitments are important.  However, only get involved with things that are really important to you. Don’t overextend yourself. Don’t be like the monkey who’s hand is caught in the jar because he won’t let go.

Still too much “clutter”? Think back to when you were in school. Remember doing math problems and it would say “Simplify and Solve”? Ultimately, when starting the problem, there was a lot of “clutter” – it seemed complicated. But by simplifying, it stripped away all the unimportant things. That, in turn, helped reveal the problem at its most basic. One way to do this in life is with prayer or meditation. When you pray or meditate, you can clear the mind. When the mind is clear, your focus improves. It forces you to quiet yourself. With less “noise”, you make better decisions. And just like the math problem, when you “Simplify”, the “Solve” becomes much easier. Simplify in this way and you’ll achieve more.

Simplicity in Life