Beauty in Simplicity

Keeping life simple is a difficult task when you consider the world we live in. Technology gives us access to unlimited amount of information that is located thousands of miles away. We have the ability to communicate with people across the world in mere seconds. To make simplification that much more difficult, many people can perform their jobs from anywhere in the country. Through the use of smartphones, all work-related tasks can be accomplished and the risk is run of never being able to escape.

Think about your life and how you live each day. Now take a minute and think about how much of that is stuff you really don’t need. That’s what simplicity is. Simplifying is not stupefying. Simplifying just means getting rid of all the junk that you don’t need.

Think about a musical scale. There are only eight notes that are contained in a standard, major scale. In fact, if you change scales, the same notes are still used but in a different way. With less than ten notes, you would think that there would be a fairly limited amount of combinations. Beethoven, Chopin, and J.S. Bach all proved that theory wrong. Look/listen to the works of these three men and other classic composers and what they were able to do with those notes.

There are only five primary colors. Think about your favorite piece of artwork (You do have one, don’t you?). Take a second to fathom what Picasso and Van Goethe were able to make out of those five colors.

Music and artwork are just a couple of examples of how far simplicity can really go. The greatest example that I know of is when Jesus summed up the entire Old Testament in a very short phrase.

“So in everything you do, do to others as you would have them do to you…” – Matthew 7:12
Simplification reduces clutter, it eliminates stress, and it enables you to reevaluate what is really important. Consider your life. Think about all the junk that you don’t really need and simplify a little bit. You will be more effective in those things that really matter.

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