“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
For me, it was – as Charles Dickens wrote (in Tale of Two Cities) – “the best of times, it was the worst of times…. it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
And with each year comes more wisdom.
I hope that some or all of these revelations resonate with you.
We live in a complex world and we , more often than not, tend to overcomplicate our lives.
Over the years, I’ve learned – both by choice and by necessity – to shed the layers of excess…. from the superficial to the significant.
By superficial, I mean (for example)… how many pairs of shoes does a woman really need?
By significant, I mean (for example)… do you need to surround yourself with a large group of so-called family, friends and acquaintances who may or may not be well-meaning and authentic versus maintaining ties with the people who have a shared history and/or heritage and who like/love you… no matter what?
Maybe it’s a function of age and acquired wisdom, but I can say that I have significantly simplified my life and I feel lighter (in the spiritual sense) as a result.
We reach a point in our lives when we have to face some harsh truths – about ourselves, about what motivates us and why, and about how we want to live/conduct the rest of our lives.
When we shed the unnecessary “onion layers” of our lives, we’re left with the essentials.
It makes life cleaner, neater, and more focused.
Personally, I feel much more at peace and happy with myself now than at any other point in my life. Simplicity, in my view, equals Freedom.
So, as this New Year commences, I urge you to try to simplify every aspect of your life… as much as you can. Think of it as a spiritual diet. Just make sure you stick with it. You’ll be happy you did.
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”
Some Book Recommendations:
Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World – by Richard J. Foster
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