It’s harder to be simple than it is to be complicated.

Even though most of us know that having a simple life is actually one of the keys to finding happiness, it is a tough thing to put into practice. Entropy is always at play, and things seem to expand and grow to fill up space. Simple activities, thoughts and words grow and grow until they become mind-numbingly complicated.

It is harder to live happily with fewer material possessions than it is to allow yourself to acquire and stockpile lots of random and useless things. It is harder to write clear and concise prose than it is to drone on in an essay. It is harder to eat simple and healthy food than it is to consume lots of overcooked, overspiced, oversized meals. It is harder to speak clearly and briefly when talking to friends and family than it is to ramble and talk over others. It is harder to look neat and cute in simple clothing than it is to over-accessorize with designer duds.

Being simple is hard, at least at first. However, like anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets. You can train yourself to welcome and embrace a simple life, but it takes work to counter the inertia that pulls in the other direction. After some time, that inertia will lose its grip, and you’ll find the simple life as a normal way of being, and not something you need to work hard to maintain or achieve.

Published by Ravi Raman

Executive Coach + Yogi + Endurance Athlete

One reply on “Simplify”

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