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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

What is simplicity?

What is simplicity?

Simplicity is a tool with which we can evaluate our challenges and problems to find new and profound solutions.

Simplicity requires honesty because it exposes challenges through thoughtful consideration and it can be found by asking only two questions.

"How simple can I make it?” versus "How complex does it have to be?"

It is the difference between these two questions where simplicity can be found.

Simplicity allows you clear the clutter and focus on what provides value and meaning to your life. But it is not a shortcut. It does not mean something can always be reduced to 3 steps or be achievable in under 5 minutes.

The best way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. It’s a process of distillation; to iterate, to refine life.

When things become overwhelming or you feel stressed or overworked, you can find a solution by asking these two questions of yourself and of your life. For example:

How extravagant do I want to make this meal? versus How many ingredients do I need to cook it?

How many goals do I want to achieve? versus How far am I willing to spread myself?

How simply can I live my life? versus How many hours do I need to work to pay for what I want?

When we ask these questions, we empower ourselves to take action and to find a more harmonious and compassionate balance between need and desire.

“When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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