“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein …
The world we live in is quite complex. We have computers nearing the processing power of the human brain. We have hard drive space that is nearing the ability to store all information. We have new gadgets being brought to market faster than we can consume the previous models. Not too long ago families got by with one home, one car, one TV, and one telephone. Now… we have many. But what do we gain from all this clutter? And as our lives become more complex, and our focus and attention is needed elsewhere, what are we missing out on?
Now Albert goes on here to bring up a few more things for us to seek in life–harmony and opportunity. However, I feel that without simplicity, we will never have a fair shot at the other two; therefore, we must seek to simplify our lives first and foremost. Start with giving away or throwing away the things that are laying around the house that are of no use to you. Then, make room for things that are truly important to you. Perhaps you find painting relaxing… then make the necessary time in your life to do so. Lastly, do not forget to relax and recharge yourself. Read, write, go for a nice walk, or take a warm bath.
Once you have removed the complexities in your life, you will be able to look for harmony and peace even in the midst of the craziness and discord happening all around you. And once you find that peace… you probably will discover opportunity. For even in the most difficult of times, lies great potential for goodness and growth.
Life becomes how we see it–filled with complexities and strife, or something of great beauty and simplicity that is filled with opportunity.
Simplify your life by clearing out some of the unnecessary clutter.
Questions to consider:
When was the last time you had plain vanilla or plain chocolate ice cream? How was it?
Why do we often feel it necessary to complicate things to improve them?
What are some of the simplest aspects of your life? Are you satisfied with them as they are?
For further thought:
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow