Life is simple; we only make it complex. We spend our lives unconsciously covering our authenticity with outer identity until at some point we begin wondering "where everything went wrong." But the tragedy for many people is that the wondering never begins and life's simple beauty is not rediscovered.
I use the word "rediscovered" because you already know that life can be simple because you experienced it as a child. If you are normal, you spent much of your life since then trying to become something other than yourself. But normal is not healthy; success in the unreal world means failure in the real one.
The power and virtue of simplicity is a universal truth; it's wisdom applies to all areas of life. What are some ways you can declutter, simplify and return to your authentic Self? Here are a few ideas that can help.
- Instead of finding new things to add to your life, find things to remove.
- If you want to increase income, decrease expenses.
- Do less thinking and do more wondering.
- Turn down the noise.
- Go to the woods.
- Listen to a child.
As a deep thinker I tend to overthink things. I have to remind myself that thinking less, or even not thinking at all, is often better than thinking more.
And on this note of simplicity, I begin with simplifying my periodic messages to you on this blog, which now has a much more simple look and feel. If you subscribe by email, you can see the blog online by following this link: The Financial Philosopher blog.
There is no reason to spend too much time trying to solve riddles or trying to find things to add. One can only find themselves by removing things, not by adding, and this removal is the foundation of simplicity.
Remove the clutter.
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