Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Simple Plan To Be Simple

Simplify your life.

I write everyday to welcome and encourage simplicity, but I still don't think it can ever be stressed enough. I am programmed everyday to wake-up each morning at the mercy of my 'to do' list. While I have finally found a way to keep my list(s) organized and manageable (check out Remember The's my favorite website of 2012), there's a whole other mindset that should be considered. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities to do, errands to run, or chores to complain about, we need to leave some things out. Ask yourself what really needs to get done, what can wait to be done, and what can be dropped completely. We need to remember that it is okay to say no.

Many of us have heard the loaded questions, "What is our purpose in life?" or "Why are we here?". In our pursuit for a greater purpose we often get lost in the clutter of trivialities. It's like the book said: "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and it's all small stuff)". Be careful where you focus your energy. It's not procrastinating if your prioritizing. Do what matters and lose what doesn't. This is no easy task. We tend to take ownership of so many things...maybe as part of our identity. Instead, we should take solace in the fact that there are other identifiers. If we are lucky, we have family, friends, pets, or even hobbies. These are important identifiers. Do what is important, and what is important to you will become your purpose. But remember, one can find their purpose when they take control of their environment.

So take control of your 'to do' list. Take control of your life. Simplify.

"The simplest things are often the truest."
-Richard Bach

"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude 
will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
-Henry David Thoreau 

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