Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Simplicity in Living
         There is beauty in ordinary people and things around you; satisfaction in having only ordinary comforts, and an often-welcome anonymity in being ordinary. In Walden, Henry David Thoreau observed, ‘Our life is frittered away by detail. . . Simplify, simplify.’ Albert Einstein’s three rules of work are ‘1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’ In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Proverbs of Hell, poet/artist William Blake recommended, ‘Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.’ Richard Brautigan said, ‘1. Get enough food to eat, and eat it. 2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet, and sleep there. 3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise until you arrive at the silence of yourself, and listen to it. 4.________________.’ An Amish proverb states, ‘Sometimes you don't need the things you ‘need’ to enjoy the simple things: quiet times, friends, family.’
         Uncomplicate your life. Reduce visual, social, and emotional clutter. Simplify your image, status, and influence. Consume simple, nutritious food. Limit new relationships and social media involvement lest these consume you. Simplicity is freedom from stress, indecision, and obligations. It is less pressure to choose; less pressure to respond.
         There is joy in the freedom of simplicity.

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