Thursday, July 12, 2012


There are times in our life when we feel the need to simplify that which has become too complicated or time-consuming or costly. With the recent storm and the subsequent power outage at my home, I was reminded of a simpler time; I needed to carry water from a pond in order to flush a toilet - I read magazines and books rather than watching television - I slept with windows open rather than turning on the air-conditioning. I was actually reminded, too, of how it felt to have once lived in a smaller home with a small yard space; much simpler to care for and equally enjoyable as a larger home and large surrounding property.

When we realize the need to simplify in order to enjoy what truly matters to us, it may take patience and time and planning to do so. Making a change to simplify may also come with a downside (or two or three!). But to look at the long-term advantages - more time to do those things we truly value, for example - may be worth these downsides.

What can you simplify in your life beginning today? Weigh carefully the upside and the downside. If the upside weighs "heavier" begin to bring your simplifying change to fruition one step at a time.

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