I have friends who are always into complication and drama. I bet you have them too!
You know—there’s always something crazy going on. Always tangents to be chased. Regularly a fight brewing and you can see where it’s all gonna go . . .
Maybe you are one of those folks.
Maybe, I was too.
But oh, my, does living that way zap every last shred of energy from every cell.
In youth, we have that energy (and more) to waste. Funny thing though, as life goes on, as we take all the things “adult” and put them into practice, well, energy becomes a pretty valuable commodity.
Like you, I work a lot. Okay, so too much, although I’m diligently focused on not doing so these days. Sometimes I actually succeed.
For a good two decades, always looking for a better way, a method to work smarter rather than harder, turning over ever rock, I searched for some magic wand.
In essence, I made things as complicated as could be. Which created more drama.
A vicious cycle, indeed!
Of course, Occam’s razor pretty much holds true. Named for Franciscan friar William of Ockham, it just basically says that when two competing theories make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is better.
Or, as my veterinarian is fond of saying: “If you hear hoof beats, most likely it’s a horse, not a zebra.”
Even though I’ve had my share of veterinary zebras.
But what I’ve learned (the hard way, of course!) is that putting into effect the U.S. Navy’s KISS program (Keep it simple, stupid) actually makes life so much easier, in all facets.
KISS simply states that most systems work best if they are kept simple, rather than made complicated. Simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
Easier said than done! But oh-so workable.
I’ve found a failsafe way for me to conduct my life, in all facets, when faced with a decision.
Rather than writing out the pros and cons on a piece of paper (although I do know the benefits of doing so), rather than analyzing until my head explodes, instead I get quiet.
֎ And listen to my gut.
֎ If I can’t hear it well, I table it, then get quiet again, and listen more deeply.
֎ It always tells me what to do, and tells me true.
֎ That causes me to act from the heart, and not from the head.
֎ It takes out all the mental drama my ego would love to get embroiled in.
֎ It makes life, well, simple again.
My life from the outside would appear boring. I mean, I still work a lot! And write a lot, sometimes even as much as I want to. And chase around show Labradors.
But ya know, I’ve recently been studying all the new theories about how boredom positively affects creativity.
Studies have shown that participants who were bored outperformed those who were relaxed, elated, or distressed on creativity tests.
Doesn’t that get your attention? Maybe we do want bored!
So next time someone looks at your life and calls it boring, just think what a fabulous creator you are becoming. Just think of all the benefits to the simple life.
Now, I’m going to go find me some of that boredom . . .
As Henry David Thoreau said, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
How do you keep it simple?