I love simplicity.
Probably because I’m simple.
Less noise. More peace. Less chaos. More calm. Less rushing. More stillness. Less strategy. More instinct. Less synthetic. More organic. Less thinking. More feeling. Less working. More creating. Less business suits. More flannel shirts. Less shoes. More bare feet. Less chasing. More letting go.
Simplicity is what I desire. It’s what makes me happy.
Have you noticed that life in the fast lane – the place most of us live – can be unnecessarily complicated? Exhausting? Messy? Could it be that, in the midst of all our advances, technology, cleverness and box-ticking, in some ways, we’ve actually regressed? Maybe while we’re chasing more, what we really need is less? Maybe we’ve been duped? Bought into the lie? Maybe a phone that can land the space shuttle, store a million songs and x-ray our hand, is not what’s really missing in our life? Perhaps we need to step out of our life (or part thereof) for a moment. Perhaps, for a lot of moments.
It’s hard to see something with any clarity or objectivity when we’re in the middle of it. Be that a career, a business, a relationship, a project, a habit, a challenge, a situation or a circumstance. Sometimes, it’s only when we get away from that particular something (or, maybe, someone) that we begin to see things for what they are and begin to understand the impact (good or bad) that a particular thing (or person) might have on us.
Sometimes we need space.
Mental space. Emotional space. Physical space. From people. From situations. From commitments. From obligations. From Pressure. From expectations. From routine. From habits. Space to breathe. To slow down. To unlearn. To acknowledge. To let go. To see. To feel. To be.
To find perspective. To see old things in new ways.
Sometimes it’s good to be the busy, box-ticking, high-achiever but not all the time. Sometimes it’s better to hit the pause button, to exhale and to feel the sand between our toes. If your life is a version of Crazy Town more often than you would like, then give yourself permission to throw away your to-do list for a day or two, step out of the mayhem and be still. Sometimes the best plan is no plan. I can hear your exhausted brain cells clapping from here.
Your mind is smart but sometimes your heart is smarter.