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Simplicity.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your hectic complicated life, where everyone is after you, your time or your effort to the degree that you feel that you are drowning and overwhelmed.

At times like this it’s all of the non important things that make it increasingly difficult to see the really important things around you, and I’d head the words of Socrates to;

‘beware of the barrenness of a busy life’ – Socrates.

Bringing back some simplicity into your life improves your health and general well-being, it reduces your stress by reducing life’s burden and even allows you those rare moments of clarity.

‘Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated’. – Confucius.

Simplicity for me means doing less yet getting more done, and only by reducing the unnecessary or the unessential stuff can we ever achieve this, I’d even following Pareto’s principle of factor sparsity beyond the 80/20 rule to the extreme and say that true simplicity is all about doing the one thing that you need to do at any one moment that gets you the best result, or just by doing the one thing every day that makes a difference.

Our lives get increasingly complicated and somewhere in life we lose this simplicity, we lose sight of the how to get it back, and then we lose our way, we become lost in the chaos around us until our path becomes an uphill battle with unneeded complexity.

‘Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough’. – Charles Warner

When we feel that we are getting stuck in the mud, when clutter and complexity is getting in the way, and when stress levels are rising and our mind is filled with noise then we need to be mindful of simplicity as being the key to our salvation. With mobile phones, working from home, emails and social media it’s difficult to get a rest at all, add in societies middle layer of bureaucracy and it’s far too easy to feel mentally exhausted, and fatigued because all you seem to be doing is ticking someone else’s boxes.

Lao Tzu described simplicity as one of the three treasures of Taoism, we’ve already quoted Socrates and Conscious earlier in this article, even Einstein was quoted as saying ‘Everything in life should be made as simple as possible but not simpler’. So perhaps the answer always has been keep it simple,

Simplicity gives us the ability to focus on what is really necessary, it’s the only way we can de-clutter and let the crap we carry around fall away.

So try having a few moments in the day to lose the complexity of the world around you, for a few brief seconds experience pure effortless doing, bring back some simplicity, concentrate on the important things, on what needs doing and maybe only then will you get things done.

‘true reality is reconnecting to the simplicity of life’.