Monday, August 31, 2009

Simple life...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the simplicity of things. Not specifically one aspect of simplicity. But finding it in all the different branches of life. As you live and grow you gain more responsibilities and more weight on your shoulders. Be it all self inflicted or just the facts of life that burden most everyone. Everyone seems to deal with it all just fine. Taking things as they come, day in and day out.

Just dealing with it doesn't seem to be enough for me. Many people, it seems, don't take the time to find enjoyment in the simple things in life. Obviously we all need to stop and smell the roses (which I did yesterday, literally). There's the simple pleasure of things such as riding a bicycle, flying a kite, etc.

But what I think is lacking in most is the pleasure of simplicity in the things we create. Maybe the better mouse trap has LESS parts. Maybe when writing, its best to chose a shorter simpler word to portray a thought. Most things that come along in the world lately, have more gadgets, more moving parts, more attention grabbers. Seems that we need to be entertained and amazed while doing mundane things. Why do your toothbrush and razor each need a different electrical outlet?

Just the fact of creating things is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. A great sense of pride that you have thought up and made something that serves its intended purpose. But why not go one step farther and see if you can create something to serve the same purpose with less parts. It may take more thought and more time, but in the end....... I think its worth it.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo DaVinci
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think - Lorraine Hansberry

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