Choosing to live a life of simplicity takes a conscious effort.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” –E. F. Schumacher
The world and daily living can make living simply quite a challenge. Living a life of simplicity seems like it should be so easy, right? I mean, one only assumes that if we have less to take care, less to worry about and fewer unnecessary problems, we could have more time to do exactly as we wished. But, in truth, living a life of simplicity is in fact a choice. It’s something you pursue and practice until it becomes the norm.
Here are a few elements one should consider in their pursuit of living a life of simplicity.
Having self-discipline, the ability to say no to something that just doesn’t fit into your life, plans, goals and value system. Setting up boundaries in your life is a necessity and knowing these boundaries will keep you disciplined and focused on what is best for you in your current season.
Good things take time. Too many times we become impatient and react to situations in hopes of getting a quicker result, when really we should just do our part, take a step back and let go. The results will appear in due time — be patient. I know it’s hard, especially when the results don’t exactly happen on our schedule.
Simplicity is a character. It requires conscious living. It demands intentionality. The mature person knows himself and has the courage to step out on their own to understand the person they are becoming.
The mature person understands that things don’t always go according to plan and it’s okay. They move forward, rather than stay stuck. They continue to live with purpose because they know that in the end it will be worth it.
– Direction and Purpose
It’s important to know where you are going, if not you’ll end up somewhere else. Once you understand the life you are pursuing, self-discipline becomes incredibly easier to practice. It is doubt and uncertainty that complicates life – it makes it hard to see clearly and make the correct next steps for the life we are looking to obtain.
– Deciphering between society’s desires and your own
A big chunk of stress comes from people thinking that what society wants for them is what they should want for themselves. There is a reason businesses pay for marketing and advertising. Their goal is to convince you that your life needs X product. Nothing wrong with what they are doing. I just think the next time you see the product, ask yourself, do I need this and does is add value to my life goals and priorities.
“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” George Sand
I can only imagine one feels utmost freedom when they have mastered the art of living a life of simplicity.