I see an update from a friend that brings a sigh, a smile, and a realization that their comment was the perfect description for the desire of my life.
“Back to normal…Simple man. Simple pleasures.” –Michael Smith
So often I have found myself pushing for a simple experience. Recently, I have realized that pursuing simple is less about cramming everything into smaller periods of time to allow for simple. It is the purging of life that accomplishes simple.
I dreaded cleaning out my closet, paring down the wardrobe–because I wasn’t wearing a good portion of it anyway. But when I finally did the deed, I found freedom in the simplicity of my options. Rather than digging through hanger after hanger of something I had no intention of wearing, I find it easier to choose as the choices are now limited to those things I truly appreciate.
Such is life. Rather than cramming more in so that free time can be simple, I find that I say no to more so that I can say yes to simple. Taking life as it comes, choosing in the moment what the priority is, and honoring that priority–it really does simplify life.
And I find more and more that others are seeking the same thing–the ability to say “no” and focus more on the “yes” priorities.
A simple life. Just the thought brings a contented sigh.
photo by Billy Alexander