Yes, life is tough. But life can be a lot easier when we keep things simple. Surprisingly, you would think that human beings would work at simplifying their lives, but the opposite is true. Given a choice between a simple way and a complicated way of doing things, most people will choose the complicated. Preposterous as it may seem, some of us will even spend time inventing a complex way when none is immediately available.
No question, we do not need to make our lives more difficult. Given the opportunity, plenty of other individuals in this world will gladly do this for us. Life’s unexpected events will also put our creativity to the ultimate test without our having to create our own special difficulties.
The words you, are least likely to hear from anyone in American society today are “My life is way too simple.” Fact is, most individuals make their lives way too complicated and wonder why they have so many big headaches and major problems.
Why people make their lives unnecessarily complicated is a mystery to philosophers and psychiatrists alike. I am just as amazed at how far out of their way most people will go to find a myriad of methods to complicate their personal and business lives. They waste a lot of money, time, and energy on pursuing things that bring them nothing in return. They may also hang around people who will do them absolutely no good.
All of us, to some extent or another, practice the philosophy of my good friend Todd Lorentz, who stated, “Just living in this world is a psychotic pursuit.” At some point in our lives we all have the tendency to make our lives unbelievably complex and depressing. We manage to do this with our material possessions, work-related activities, relationships, family affairs, thoughts, and emotions. As is to be expected, we are unable to achieve as much as we would like because we invite too many physical and mental distractions into our lives.
Yet life’s a breeze when we work as hard at simplifying it as we do at complicating it. If you are the type of person who can’t leave home without four-fifths of your personal possessions, it’s time to lighten up a little on your journey through life. Without delay, get rid of the burdens that have become a drain on your time, space, money, and energy. Do something today to make your life less complicated.
To enjoy life to the fullest, you must periodically identify the things that complicate your existence. This applies to both the personal and career aspects of your life. Make a list of the things that no longer serve a worthwhile purpose in your world. Ask your friends to add to this with suggestions as to how you can simplify things. Your friends may see much opportunity where you may see none.
Sure, you didn’t invent complexity. You do your absolute best to perfect it at times, however, don’t you? Keep in mind that making the simple complex doesn’t take ingenuity. Making the complex simple – now, that’s ingenuity!
Apply common sense and you won’t have much difficulty in simplifying your existence. This is about getting the excess baggage out of your life. “No man can swim ashore,” observed the Roman philosopher and dramatist Seneca, “and take his baggage with him.” To be sure, life is much easier if you don’t carry excess baggage.
Whatever your destination, you can’t afford to carry excess baggage for too long. On trains and airlines, it will cost you extra money. On the trip called life, it will cost you much more than money. At best, you won’t succeed in achieving your goals as quickly as you otherwise would. At worst, you will never succeed in attaining your goals. Not only will this deprive you of satisfaction and happiness, but it could cost you your sanity in the end.
101 – Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting – Ernie J. Zelinski