They were standing at the corner of the road waiting for the school bus – a father and his five year old daughter.
Suddenly she tensed. A dog and his walker were approaching her and she was scared. She appealed to her father for protection.
Her father prodded her and moved her out of the dog’s path. She relaxed and smiled. I heard him tell her, “All you needed to do was move. Simple.”
Then, as if he realized the wisdom of his own words, he said to himself, “Keep life simple.”
I don’t think he realized the other part of what he had said: : “All you need to do is move.”
On my morning walk, I got my dose of wisdom for the day. Both parts of what he said were so relevant to me. This year, I have decided to keep things simple, but have a tendency to get overwhelmed by unnecessary things sometimes. I postpone the important for the urgent. And the urgent is linked with the first part of what that father said – I need to move. I’ve completely slacked off on my walks and writing my morning pages – both of which are important to my well-being.
When making choices, opt for the plain, the simple, the functional. Less goes wrong when you stick to life’s standard equipment. ~ Linus Mundy
Time to keep it simple and to move, don’t you think?
The end of the year is always a wonderful time of reflection for me. Although I don’t make it too obvious, my mind is churning out several ideas and plans for the year ahead.
Last year, I worked on a Vision Board. That had mixed results. I achieved some of what I had envisioned, started the process of working on other areas and completely failed in other areas.
For 2013, I’m was not led to work on a vision board. Instead, I’m choosing to: Keep It Simple.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang
Keeping It Simple
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
I am learning…that a man can live profoundly without masses of things. Richard E. Byrd
How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart. William Wordsworth
Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world. Duane Elgin
Live simply so that others may simply live. Mahatma Gandhi
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand… Henry David Thoreau
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Our life is frittered away by detail. Henry David Thoreau
I am going to apply this to my choices, my relationships and my work. As a first step, you’ll see a different looking Everyday Gyaan today. Keeping it simple, you’ll agree.
More about my plans tomorrow.
In the meanwhile, have you signed up for self-love yet?
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