Simplicity -Basic, Solid Stuff
Simplicity, basic, solid stuff. Not the layers of complication and fuss, and the added expense that clutters and confuses and obscures. Simplicity is a plain, old, red apple, pencil and paper, a walk in the woods, or a nap on the couch. Simplicity is a conversation with your child on the front porch as you crack peanuts and notice the squirrel acrobats showing off in the treetops. Simplicity is a good slow stretch of your muscles after a walk around the block.
We forget in these times of running and doing and proving to everyone that we are moving forward and climbing up, that what matters is the bottom line. For that we must stop and move everything else aside. We must look under the trappings that have hidden the foundation to know what that is. Your basic may look different then mine. What is your basic? What simple things make you happy and secure?
My simplicity includes my physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. I do yoga and meditate, I draw, write, and I read. I seek time with my husband and my children and on occasion with a friend here and there. I have been simplifying my life lately by asking myself questions for clarity. Looking at the things I have to do for work or things I must do for my home or my family I choose what seems most basic and necessary.
Simplicity requires honesty and clarity. There is a wholesome, attractiveness to plain, clean, unadorned simplicity. Set yourself down in front of a mirror (either a real one or in your mind) and look hard and linger for a bit to identify the simplicity that makes you feel connected and grounded. Is it in your religion? Do you find it in your daily routine? Is your simple practice of calling your wife every afternoon at lunchtime a foundation? If the answer to this brings you to “I don’t know” you must look deeper. Go back perhaps to a time you felt solid and grounded and identify what made that real for you.
Simplicity is the antithesis of overwhelming chaos. Peel off what you do not need. Let it go.
Share with me what you think you could shed. What is cluttering your heart and mind?
Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way. Tim Burton
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