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Simplicity.

Are you the slave of a busy complicated life, where it feels like everyone is after a piece of you, where everyone is after some of your time and you feel totally overwhelmed?

At times like this it’s the unimportant things that make it increasingly difficult to see the really important things around you;

‘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 it can even allow you to get some of 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, and just by doing that one essential thing every day you will make a real difference in your life.

Our lives get increasingly complicated and somewhere in life we lose simplicity, we lose sight of the how to get it back, and then we lose our way and it is far too easy to become lost in the chaos around us until our daily path through life 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, when stress levels are rising, and our mind is filled with noise it is then that 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, and more recently 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 to 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 of pure effortless doing, bring back some simplicity into your life, concentrate only on the important things, and focus on that one thing that really needs to be done.

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