How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22
Life is really simple. We insist on making it complicated. Simplicity is easy to understand, clear, concise, and uncomplicated.
I have learned throughout my life that there have been times of complete simplicity and times of complete complexity. In my personal reflection, I have realized the most happy of times for me were the most simple of times. The more stressful times in my life entailed much more complexity.
The more I simplified, the more I felt empowered to enjoy and actually accomplish more. The little things became important. The simplicity of life created a stronger internal creativity. This led to a heightened productivity.
Simplicity creates a positive flow. Find your simplicity, and embrace your strength. Simplicity is one of those things many people say they desire. Few actually live with simplicity. In my experience, there are two primary reasons why people tend to overcomplicate things.
The first is a loss of focus. Many people tend to have no plan or direction in where they are going. Many seek all the vari- ous choices available to them. Where there is choice, there is complexity and misery.
When you lose touch with why you are doing something, what you are doing, and where you are going, or when you begin chasing multiple things, you inadvertently sentence yourself to trivial pur- suits and challenges. The next thing you know, you are lost or have created a life of chaos, challenges, and complexity.
A good example of loss of focus is chasing more than one rabbit at a time. You may chase them all; however, you will be unable to catch any of them. It is much easier to have clarity and focus on one.
The key to having focus is having 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 major reason we flock to complexity is a challenge of a very different nature. 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 just plain worse. More, more, more. This perception and behavior create 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 reaching an ideal state of simplicity at times may seem to be truly complex for you. The easiest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. When in doubt, just remove. Be sure you are congruent with what you choose to remove or reduce in your life. Warriors love to keep it simple.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 2 Corinthians 1:12
Remember the K-I-S-S principle: Keep It Splendidly Simple. It is a mantra that always pops into my head when I’m looking at doing something. How easy is it? How easy is it for me to learn or do? You get the picture.!
Keep it clear. Think before you act. Many complications arise because of hasty actions. So before you commit yourself to doing an act, think. Think twice for easier or simple alternatives that lead to the same desired result. Always choose the simplicity. You will have more peace with simplicity.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. How do you get rid of all your stuff that means so much and evokes so much emotion? The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
What do you have in your life that you may reduce out of your life right now to make your life more simple?
The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.