“Embrace simplicity… be content with what you have and are, and not one can despoil you.” ~Chris Prentiss …
As we grow older, the world always seems to grow more and more complex. Life becomes busier; things become faster and require more of our attention or better multi-tasking abilities and a constant stream of stress and anxiety often times becomes the norm. But does this have to be the case, or are we merely setting ourselves up for discontentment and unhappiness due to the complexities we embrace in our lives?
We do not need to overload our lives to find contentment and peace. In fact, as we read here, doing so will spoil us of the joyful simplicities of life. If we fill our lives with the unimportant and material things of life… we will have no time for the things that truly matter.
We all need peace–it is a necessity of maintaining our physical, emotion, mental, and spiritual health. And as Chris mentions, it can only be found in the simple things–a walk in the park, a good book on a rainy day, a hot bath, pleasant music in the living room, spending time with a friend or a family member, or even sitting quietly by oneself doing nothing. In a world that encourages us to make our lives more complex, there is much to be said for embracing simplicity.
Embrace the simple necessities of life today.
Questions to consider:
How high a priority is simplicity in your life?
What kinds of things bring you the most peace?
Why does our world continually encourage us to complicate our lives with more complexity?
For further thought:
“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” ~William Henry Channing