What does it mean to simplify your life?
A lot of people ask this question, a lot of people ponder it, but not everyone has an answer they feel comfortable with.
For many years, I found myself spending time asking what I thought I wanted to do in my life, who I really was, and in what direction I was headed. The problem was, attention given to these little inquisitions was severely limited due to my very active non-stop lifestyle which I was leading. There just wasn't time to find answers, but it seemed, plenty of time for a lot of questions. Then one day, I made a commitment to myself to actually change my life. If I could learn what's truly important to me, maybe I could simplify my life and start living the life I really wanted.
This was in 1992 and since starting on the simplification path I've discovered a few things:
- We have to give ourselves the time to "listen for the answers." Quiet time set aside each day with ourselves is an absolute must.
- We often have to eliminate things in our lives before we can add new things. To enter the creative process we need the energy to create.
- There are daily activities we can do to simplify our lives, however, more important is the philosophical shift in how we look at the bigger picture.
- It is important, helpful and great to constantly be learning and applying new skills, thinking, beliefs, and philosophies into our lives.
- This isn't a do it and then you're done activity. The answer to simplifying one's life is different for everyone. There isn't a wrong or right answer.
- It's actually all very simple; it just isn't always easy.
Okay, so now, how do we do it? Here are some things to keep in mind.
- It's OK to ask for help from anyone including friends, family, and professionals.
- Start with a vision. Don't worry about "how" you are going to change something.
- Begin with the clarity of what things will look like when they are exactly the way you want them.
- Find your authentic self. Listen to that wise little inner voice of yours for answers.
- Enjoy "self-care," and know you're not being selfish.
- Be comfortable with progressing at your own pace. This isn't a race with anybody else.
- Have fun. Laugh at yourself. You know we can be pretty silly human beings getting ourselves all worked up the way we do.
So, welcome to Simplifying Life. Welcome to the path and process which is filled with order, harmony, joy, understanding, calm, peacefulness, fun, and a beautiful life. Wave at me along the way as you enjoy your journey.
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