Post #35. On Simplicity

I love Simplicity…

Simplicity is…

* not making things more complicated than they need to be.

* underlining what you hold to be truly essential and discarding the rest as trivial.

* filling your life with what truly matters to you, instead of things that doesn’t really matter.

* living a life on your own terms, not ruled by the expectations of others.

IN IT’S ESSENCE… 
Simplicity is a natural consequence of having discerned within oneself what one truly cares about & what one truly needs on order to live a good life & be a happy person.

In it’s essence, simplicity is the natural consequence of having asked ourselves what we truly care about, and forming our life around this love…

Simplicity happens when we define what matters to us…

Why I love simplicity:

I love simplicity because it gives me peace of mind, clarity, creativity & better decisions.

* It gives me peace of mind when I have my priorities clear and am able to focus on what truly matters to me.

* It helps me to think more clearly when I contract simple models & focus on the core of things.

* It frees up mental space for creativity to happen naturally when we have some free space in our lives & minds.

* It allows me to make better decisions because, when I’ve discerned what truly matters, what’s essential to my core purposes, I am then able to see more clearly what I need to think, say or do.

+ It also helps us to become more free from the urge to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” (Quote from Dave Ramesy

TWO ANALOGIES
I love analogies & I’ve noticed that if I can’t illustrate the idea with an analogy, I don’t truly grasp the essence of it…. And this is really key.

1. Climb One vs. Ten mountains at a time
Instead of seeking to climb ten mountains at once, we stop & think deeply about what mountain we want to climb, how it will feel & why it matters.

In other words. Pick a few core goals & focus exclusively on them.

“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.”
– Confucius

2. Weed your Garden
If we don’t ask ourselves what we really want to cultivate in our lives, stuff will start to grow by themselves… When we know what we truly want, it’s easier to discard trivial pursuits as simply, not serving the thing that we truly want to create, be, do in our lives.

APPLY SIMPLICITY TO YOUR LIFE
First, a great starting point is to really seek to understand how the lack of simplicity… we can call it focus, is showing up in your life…

Some questions to ask yourself for this purpose:

* What am I focusing on currently in my life? 

* What am I currently working on?

* What am I building? 

* What am I creating? 

* What is truly important for me in order to be happy?

* What matters most to me in life?

If you find it easy to answer these questions, and also feel proud about your answers, congratulations! You’re probably very focused and you have determined what matters most to you, which allows you to make more deliberate decisions.

If you found it hard to answer and it made you uncomfortable, then you might want to dive deeper into these questions… If you still fin it hard, you might want to ask yourself…

THE FUNERAL QUESTION:
If I was to attend my own funeral, what would I like people to say about who I was & what I did in my life?

This. Question. Rocks.

Because it’s a BS-proof question that cuts the c*** and delivers real clarity… Love it.

Ask it often and LIVE the answer, wholeheartedly!

If you don’t believe you can be this person and do these kind of thingsdon’t forget who you truly are…

SOME QUOTES ON SIMPLICITY: 

Stoic Philosophy
“We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not.”
– Epictetus 

Psychology
“Unless we wish to drown in total promiscuity, we have to choose between what is important and what is not, what is meaningful and what is not. We have to become selective.”
– Viktor E . Frankl 

Wisdom Tradition
“Greater happiness comes from simplicity than from complexity.
– Buddha 

Literature
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
– Leo Tolstoy 

Finances
“You can be rich by having more than you need, or by needing less than you have.”
– Jim Mott

More 
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”
– E. F. Schumacker, Small Is Beautiful 

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Take care. 🙂 

With love!

Daniel 

 

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