Some people take simple things and make them complicated. As we become wiser we take complicated things and make them simpler. This is what turns a good communicator, into a great communicator.
We know what it’s like to have a professor wow us with complex ideas. We might be impressed, but we remain disconnected. That’s why we appreciate talented teachers who take a complicated idea, give us the big picture, and broaden our ability to grasp the topic.
So here’s the question. Are you simplifying your life?
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo Da Vinci
Here are 6 life-changing benefits from simplifying.
1. Simplicity creates room for growth. As humans we obsess with collecting stuff. When the house fills up, we put the car outside and the stuff in the garage. When the garage is full we buy a storage unit. Getting rid of stuff in our lives and schedules isn’t an option that automatically surfaces. It takes energy to do it. And if we don’t make room, it’s hard for something better to come in. Pruning is necessary for growth.
2. Simplicity aligns with truth. Life can seem complex. Yet in reality we are the ones that complicate it. Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin starred in the movie, “It’s Complicated.” But the thing that complicated it were the characters in the movie! Life is simple. As a result the simple things end up being the right things. It takes work to sift out the confusion and get to the nuggets. The work comes in the search for what’s true. And since our lives collect clutter, effort is needed to clear it out. Simple and true go together.
There is no greater luxury than time! Yet we can get so absorbed in taking care of our day-to-day obligations that we lose track of time. We “manage it”, “waste it”, “spend it”, and “save it.” We wish the time would come. We wish the time would pass. We see time fly. We feel time drag. We get so immersed in life that our concept of time becomes an illusion that’s amplified by the makers of timepieces.
“Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers – they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies, the more rushed we feel.” — James Gleick , Author, Faster: the Acceleration of Just About Everything
Time is our greatest luxury. Here are 5 ways to keep it on your side.
1. Realize you can’t manage it. No one can manage time. Time just is. It’s a part of the time-space continuum. From a theoretical physicist’s point of view, our physical universe is laid out in a four-dimensional block composed of time and our three spatial dimensions. This means that time and your life are one in the same. Just as you would view an expansive landscape, our lives can be viewed as a lifescape, which would be the same as a timescape. So the only way to manage time is to manage yourself.
When we encounter discomfort we are faced with 3 choices: Avoidance, Resignation, or Engagement.
Avoidance has its place. Why create discomfort where it’s not necessary? How does one decide what is and isn’t necessary? Going to school and work often create discomfort, but it’s necessary. Exercising can create discomfort, but we know the benefits. Medical procedures, even though uncomfortable, are a must.
Resignation in the face of discomfort involves acceptance. However the shadow side of resignation is that it can put the discomforts in charge. We become victims of the pains we encounter.
Engagement is a better strategy. How can we leverage the discomforts – both planned and unplanned – for our personal and professional benefit?
Everyday you are either preparing or repairing