Confucius Once Said…

“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.”

This quote hit me pretty hard, once I started thinking about it. What if it didn’t matter what kind of car you drove. What if it didn’t matter how nice your house was, so long as it was functional? It got me thinking about how much of our lives are complicated only because we choose to make it so.
Simplify. Take a moment and look at your life. What are you doing that doesn’t serve you? Where do you chase complexity for it’s own sake, and where can you simplify? What part of your life do you want tone down a bit, cut back, reduce or minimize? What were the reasons that led your present level of complexity, and what are the new reasons to reduce it? Has the need passed, or do you need to find another way to fill the need once satisfied by this bit of complexity?

Think it through, and come up with some ideas, including what to do with the extra time and energy that used to go into the complexity you just downgraded. Feel free to try this again and again, until you are more comfortable with yourself. And check back each year to see if you want to change things around or stay the course. It’s your life, and your choice. Try something, see how it works, then try making some adjustments. Perhaps you get more out of that complexity than you initially thought. Don’t feel bad about adding it back, there is such a thing as “too little,” and it’s a personal decision just like “too much.”


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