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It’s Simply Complicated

I keep thinking this is a really relevant quote.  But OMG, life just is not simple at all! It’s hard, it’s messy, it’s sad.   I want to shake it by it’s neck sometimes and demand it get better.

Simplicity. The word is almost elegant, isn’t it?.And if you haven’t been following along, here’s some thoughts about elegance.

The word simple means

1.easy to understand, deal with, use, etc
2.not elaborate or artificial; plain:
3.not ornate or luxurious; unadorned:
4.unaffected; unassuming; modest:
5.not complicatedSounds lovely.  Too bad my life is elaborate, assuming, and quite difficult to understand at the moment. But isn’t everybody’s? Aside from maybe some monks on a mountain somewhere, life is complicated.

I have been looking into a simpler lifestyle.  Minimalism.  The desire to live with less overcame me a few months back when I cleaned out a closet. Oy vey! The stuff i keep! I told myself that I want, nay need, a way to get a grasp on my consumerism. To save money, of course, but also to clean out my life.

What does cleaning out entail? A yard sale just isn’t enough. You need to get down into your soul and figure out what is useful, what is broken, what is unnecessary, and what is harmful. And then you NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. This…this is the rough stuff. Roll up your sleeves, put on some gloves, and dig deep into the soil of your existence.

There are some things you can get rid of right away. There are some people that you can distance yourself from. Other items on your mental agenda may take a bit of scraping to detach them, but you can do it. Start with an attitude of self-discovery, find out what you really want. Remember those dreams of your youth, and decide right now that you can achieve them. And then write a new chapter to your life.

I’m re-reading a book right now that I should have paid attention to when I first got it. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Divided into months, each with a theme, every day has a short homily related to that theme. March is dedicated to looking within yourself to find what to change. Today’s thought:” You Are Not Your Appearance, But Does the Rest of the World Know That?” Good stuff.

So, how do you keep it simple? Do you live a complicated messy life?  Or are you a minimalist?  Let me know what works for you.

About ejgresearch

As soon as I retired I hit the road. I am now a nomad traveling the USA in a minivan. This blog is my travelogue / journal about those travels.


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