I’ve been thinking about simplicity recently from many perspectives. On one hand I can appreciate the layers, steps and things that are involved in making things get from point A to point B. We don’t simply go to the farm stand and pick up our vegetables for the week, we go to the food store that got food from around the country or even around the world. Both are “simple” for the consumer, but for everyone else involved, it’s not that simple anymore. I also understand that there’s a lot more involved in getting electricity from point A to point B or creating an app than it may seem on a surface level. I also understand that what one person likes another doesn’t and that’s why families buy several different kinds of mac and cheese or other products because they can’t agree on one.
But at the same time I think in many ways we over-complicate things. Why do we need 6 apps to communicate with each other when email works just fine? Why learn things in school and college that have no practical application on your future especially with all the advances in technology and information? Why do busy work at your job? Why assign the same task to two different people with there being only one logical answer or result? Why make people jump through hoops when it’s truly not necessary? Why can’t we reduce the red tape and go back to a simpler life?
What is it about the simple life that has been speaking to me recently? I think a big part of it has to do with freedom and not making things super complicated when it’s not necessary, not having to learn new things around every corner, and not trying to fit your square peg into a round hole. As I said earlier, one size doesn’t fit all, so why are we trying to put everyone into a box or force everyone to do things one specific way? I think part of it has to do with not understanding what others don’t find simple, and not understanding that what you find simple isn’t simple to them or vice versa. It also may have to do with things not being explained in a way that makes sense or shows the value of switching or doing it differently.
This week I encourage you to release yourself from some of the pressure you might be feeling to add more to your list or do things a certain way. Especially with the holidays coming up and more that’s going to be added to our plates, now’s a great time to either learn how to do it because it makes sense to or find a way that works better for you, even if that means stepping back according to some.