March 23, 2020
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
For our joy, this is the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted our conversation in the world and with you on a larger scale in simplicity and divine sincerity, not with carnal wisdom, but through the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 1:12
Warriors like simple things and do their best when it is easy. Simplicity creates a positive flow. Find your simplicity and take on your strength. Simplicity is one of the things many people want. Few actually live with simplicity. In my experience, there are two main reasons why people tend to complicate things.
The first is a loss of focus. Many people tend to have no plan or direction where to go. Many are looking for the various options available to them. Where there are choices, there is complexity and misery.
If you lose contact, why you are doing something, what you are doing and where you are going, or if you start to pursue several things, you will inadvertently condemn yourself to trivial occupations and challenges. The next thing you know is that you are lost or have created a life full of chaos, challenges and complexity.
A good example of a loss of focus is tracking more than one rabbit at a time. You can hunt them all; However, you cannot catch any of them. It's much easier to have clarity and focus on one.
Because we are surrounded by so many witnesses to the life of faith, we should take off any weight that slows us down, especially sin that stumbles so easily. And let's persevere run the race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12: 1
The key to focus is clarity. Where there is clarity, there is no choice. Where there is clarity, there is simplicity. Where there is simplicity, there is power.
The other main reason why we are approaching complexity is a completely different challenge. This requires a completely different solution. Society has rooted this in the ego. The ego's primary lubricant is summed up in one word: more. More stuff, more activities, more things, more money, more, more, more. We have become a "more society".
The perception of the ego is that more is better, big is better than small, and less is simply worse. More more more. This perception and behavior creates more complexity and difficulty than required. The ego loves complexity and is induced by fear. Our ego relies on fear to protect itself, and complexity is a great place to hide behind.
The process of sometimes reaching an ideal state of simplicity seems really complex to you. The easiest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. If in doubt, just remove it. Make sure you agree with what you want to remove or reduce in your life. Warriors love to keep it simple.
Think about the K-I-S-S principle: keep it great simple. It is a mantra that comes to my mind whenever I want to do something. How easy is that How easy is it for me to learn or do? You get the picture.
Keep it clear. Think before you act. Many complications arise from hasty actions. So think before you commit to an action. Think twice about simpler or simpler alternatives that lead to the same desired result. Always choose simplicity. You will have more peace with simplicity.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. How can you get rid of all your things that mean so much and cause so much emotion? The easiest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
Enjoy keeping things simple. The easier it is, the more you will thrive.
“If you simplify, you will find that the most important things are left. A few things. This applies to everyday objects, cupboards and even many of your sentimental treasures. Often the hardest stuff to get rid of is all the stuff that has great memories. When you are attached to things that remind you of your past and loved ones, you usually fill them with happy memories. Because you choose to simplify your life through things, these treasures are buried in boxes in the garage or in the attic. You will only be rediscovered during a move or a special journey into the past.
After a recent step, I realized that there are several ways to simplify all of these sentimental things. I started to focus on what was most important to me and started honoring part of my story. I have exhibited or used some of my items. I gave the rest of the items away to other family members or donated them to charity.
If you come across things that you can't use, just let them go. Someone else might find your sentimental things very useful. Use them or pass them on. I started giving away many of my items to others who could use what I had. I also found that many people need the many items that I had, so I donated them. One of my friends, Bobby Shirley, said to me, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." I viewed my items as good items and decided to share them with others who would accept them. I was really excited to see someone else enjoy an item I had given away. I felt a strong feeling of joy and simple release.
If you simplify your life, you will come to realize that the most sentimental things are more than things. They are stories about the people and places you love and how you spent your time. Write about the things you love instead of holding on to them. Start a family blog or keep a personal diary. Your words may begin by describing your grandparents' items and how they were received. Your description could turn into a nice story about an afternoon you both spent together.
Approach each area and enjoy what unfolds. Clearly identify what is most important to you. Instead of filling boxes with the things that define your life, you spend more time shaping your life, giving it to others and sharing your story with thoughts, actions and gratitude.
To keep things simple, regularly ask yourself the question, "Does that make my life easier and easier?" Creating simplicity in your life will result in a much more focused, powerful, and entertaining life. Reclaim your fun and playful side. Enjoy and simplify your life.
What do you have in your life that you may reduce from your life to make your life easier?
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