… simplicity and clarity that is. I don’t want more STUFF.
Today we celebrate Simplicity Day and the birthday of
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
who advised us to:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. 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.”
I don’t want complicated STUFF in my life, in my relationships, or even in the technology that I use (and I ♥ technology). If it’s not straightforward and clear I don’t want it. I hope that I am.
There is one thing that’s definitely clear. Moving can really bring into focus how much stuff we accumulate in our lives. It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around how much stuff I have gained in just 6 months, notwithstanding the years and years of stuff I have acquired. I have moved so many times that I can’t even count them on my fingers OR my toes. I’ve moved within the same city, to a different city, to a different state and back again… full circle. I always say “change is good, even if it’s a nickel” and I enjoy the excitement of starting something fresh and new each time, but this moving thing (packing, unpacking, repacking all this stuff and living out of suitcases and boxes) is for the birds! It’s just TOO MUCH STUFF!! It’s time downsize and apply the K.I.S.S. and make it a better rule (Keep it Simple Simon) to every aspect of my life.
Where to start? I’ve only got 2 things on my list. (1) Identify what’s most important to me; and (2) Eliminate everything else. It ain’t gonna be easy, but I am working towards getting rid of that clutter that’s blinding my way… getting in the way of me living my imagined life.
Today I will spend my time doing the things I love, and being with the people I love, (both near and far), Always with Love.
And in the words of Henry David Thoreau… “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”