“If we learn once again to listen to the gentle voice within, we will hear it counseling us many times a day to simplify our lives. When the voices of the world propose the multiple complexities of modern living, the gentle voices within will whisper: Why complicate your life? . . . . Simplify. Simplify. Simplify your life and you will find the inner peace that the poets and saints of every age have coveted more than any possession.” ~ Matthew Kelly, The Rhythm of Life …
The more I get to looking at it, the more apparent it becomes that much of the outside world does not necessarily want us to discover “the inner peace that the poets and saints of every age have coveted more than any possession.” And why would they? After all, once we understand the benefits of simplifying our lives, we will have very little desire to spend wastefully on things that will never provide lasting happiness and joy in our lives. And once we begin removing the complexities of modern living from our lives, the opportunities for others to make money from offering us fleeting happiness will slowly disappear.
Simplifying our lives is not an easy task–it is our natural inclination to complicate our lives. However, if we address our impulse to complicate our lives, and seek honestly and openly within, we will eventually come to understand that our happiness and meaning in life does not come from things of this world. Lasting peace and joy come only from what we can hold within us–our attitudes, understanding, and acceptance of all that we are.
So how do we go about simplifying our lives? By identifying with what is most important to us, and then gradually eliminating everything else. Nearly every aspect of our lives has the ability to be simplified–fewer and less expensive possessions, fewer commitments, less tasks and clutter, limited consumption of media and entertainment, fewer negative thoughts, fewer credit cards and debt, less value on worldly things, and on and on. In addition, with every complication we release, we lose one less thing to worry about–one less bill to pay, one less credit card to budget for. And as our lives become less complicated, we begin to hear “the gentle voice within” with much more clarity, providing us a more concise purpose and direction in our lives.
“Why complicate your life?” Perhaps the better question we should ask ourselves is, “Why have we complicated them so much already?”
Listen to the gentle voice within; allow it to free you from the complications you have espoused and help you to find clarity of purpose in life.
Questions to consider:
What benefits would simplifying have on your life?
What areas of your life could use some simplification? Which of these might be the easiest to begin with?
What are the first few steps you need to take in order to simplify?
For further thought:
“Do you know the more I look into life, the more things it seems to me I can successfully lack–and continue to grow happier. How many kinds of food I do not need, or cooks to cook them, how much curious clothing or tailors to make it, how many books I have never read, and pictures that are not worthwhile! The farther I run, the more I feel like casting aside all such impediments–lest I fail to arrive at the far goal of my endeavor.” ~ David Grayson