Day 120 (A Hundred & Twenty) of 365 days
Simplifying our life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating the non-essential, replacing chaos and disorder for harmony and balance. Creating a life that allows me to focus on my priorities and do the things I love doing most and give me satisfaction. By letting go of all that doesn’t add value to my life, I allow myself to give priority to the unfolding of my higher purpose.
Obtaining simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, rather than a destination, and often with two steps forward and one backward. Such as the cha-cha-cha, a moving process as part of the dance of life, a flow of joy, refinement, and determination.
A process that creates room to connect with our inner voice, the master of our life.
Let’s face it, our lives today are overwhelming and characterized by a constant bombardment with the lure to do more and be more. There are a plethora of issues fighting for our attention. A society that is relentless in putting us under pressure to keep up with its dictates and ideals. In the face of all this, it is easier said than done not to live according to limited cultural stereotypes of what’s important rather than finding out what matters to us as individuals and living according to those values and needs.
Nowadays, many of us try too hard. We are groaning inside and buckling under the pressure we have put on ourselves because we insist on keeping up with the Joneses. Many want to speak like the Okoties and Obahiagbons of this world to sound knowledgeable when they haven’t even mastered the art of constructing a simple sentence in English without provoking a headache of cataclysmic proportions in their listener. People throw on a comedic mix of designer labels and jewelry in a bid to appear fashionable, it hardly matters whether the pieces go together or not, they must be seen to have arrived. The ladies try on every new hairstyle and the latest fad in clothes…little thought is given to body structure and fit. If Beyonce and Kim Kardashian can wear it then we all can!
A simple person knows what really matters and what doesn’t because they are usually of higher intelligence than most people. A simple person does not need the validation that comes from buying friends and accolades with gifts or licking the boss’s boots to induce promotion. A simple woman is aware that she is blessed with natural beauty and as such does not feel less beautiful when she doesn’t have multiple layers of makeup, body magic, hair extensions, or butt pads on. A simple man does not feel the need to flaunt his wealth to gain respect or attract attention from the ladies. His charisma, class, and manners speak for him instead. The simple life is a peaceful one. To the world, simplicity may be boring, but to the “initiated”, the simple life is good.