There is something about the word simple that makes me feel at ease.
I’m not sure why it makes me feel that way but it does.
Simple. As in streamlined. As in efficient. As in making sure that a lot of superfluous stuff doesn’t get in the way of finding a well worn path to tranquility.
As in breaking down complicated situations and keeping them simple.
It’s a word that I hang on to when life gives me a lot to handle.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that information overload is currently the ongoing theme in my life.
I feel bombarded with all kinds of extraneous information from the moment I awaken. Information that I hear, information that I read and also information that I store in my well worn and soon to be depleted memory bank after experiencing the daily goings on in this wonderful, but sometimes crazy, world of ours.
So much information swirling around that it makes me feel as though there are few things left that are easy to understand or easy to solve. Life feels complicated on a lot of levels.
And so like a farmwoman walking through the bountiful fields of grain, I remind myself to keep things simple, to mentally separate the wheat from the chaff; sorting the valuable from the worthless.
I feel the need to simplify. A lot.
To clear space in my mind. To find breathing room.
How about you?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean simplify as in dumbing down, but instead simplify as in straightforward. Keeping my thoughts and ideas on track instead of meandering all over the place . Simplify as in communicating in a clear manner.
Olive Kitteridge said, “There is no such thing as a simple life.”
Yet I am always striving for one.
Here’s to having a simple and satisfying Friday in which the unimportant and petty things fly away.