Not Making Simplicity Complicated

Today I chuckled about how I can make even something like simplicity overcomplicated. Many of my friends and students deeply value “simplicity.” I think to myself all about what simplicity means and complicate the very word that means uncomplicated.

I love simplicity. I love anything related to clarity and ease—not just in writing and home decorating and clothing—but in spiritual matters. A mentor once told me I overcomplicate spiritual problems that truly have simple solutions. She used to say, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.” I thought about the way I overcomplicate symptoms of fatigue or headaches or slow-thinking. Sometimes the solution is simply having a large glass of water! Often big problems have very simple solutions.

As a speaker, writer, and teacher, I’m growing more childlike and less complex. I’m valuing simplicity.

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