The Lost Art of Simplicity

February 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you ever wonder what would happen if you stopped being busy?  Over the last few days, I have been trying to work on simplifying things in my life.  Simplifying how I communicate, how I schedule, how I minister.  Why?  I want to make what I put my energy into count.  To spend time with my family knowing that my whole mind and heart are with them, that when I am with friends, I am with them and not my work.  That worshipping with my community of believers is a joy and not a responsibility.

A thought hit me this week as I self-evaluated.  How many things in my life that cause me to be busy are a result of my own selfish desires?  Before anything else came to me, this did: Ouch.  Who causes me to be busy?  Me. What person says to yes to everything I accept? I do.  The second thought was this: Honesty stinks sometimes.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

–Leonardo Da Vinci

In music, there is a fine line to walk in orchestration between create multiple layers that create a wonderful texture without too many layers that create multiple dissonances that muddle the overall goal of the piece.  Perhaps we have confused the insanity of life to be sophistication, when simplicity produced it all along.

I challenge you to simplify your life this week.

Your calendaring.

Your desires.

Self.

And see how sophisticated your family, friends, and community becomes.

 

Do you struggle with doing too much?

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