I love simplicity.
Life often gets so busy and complicated that sometimes we need a time out.
When I do this, and take the time to reflect on why I am feeling so overwhelmed, generally I realize it’s not life that’s presenting the issues. I am the one complicating things.
It’s time to do a check of what is important in my life and what is not. The things that overwhelm me? Generally they’re not the things that I consider important. When we let the things that aren’t important become big in our mind, life gets complicated.
Keeping things simple in our life helps and the best way to do that is have a short list of priorities. When making plans, scheduling the things on the list first will make sure you’re living the important and adding those other things only as they fit around your priorities.
I just read something written by the daughter of a celebrity and it was obvious that even now as an adult she was crying out for the time she never got with that parent.
Maybe her parent would have placed career first if listing priorities, but somehow I doubt it. I believe they got on the roller coaster and never took a break to figure out whether their out-of-control life reflected their values. And I suspect were I go ask them why their time went to their career and not their kids, their answer would have been “It’s complicated.”
It’s really not.
We often try to pull onto out plate things God never intended to be there. That’s when life gets heavy.
I love simplicity, because it makes us strip things back to our purpose and passion, and live the life to which we are called.
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James