Simply Simplifying

simplify

verb: make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand

Simplify, simplify, simplify.  I have been trying for years!  Difficult to simplify with teenagers.  Teens want to indulge.  They want to go out, buy new things, have new adventures.  I want to stay home, stop shopping, simplify, so I can focus.  Focus on what is important, what makes me happy, what I already have, what is real.

Simplify means letting things go.  Something I have struggled with for decades.  What to let go?  I let the laundry go and attend the kid’s baseball game.  But, then ultimately I come home and do the laundry, staying up late.  I let the grocery shopping go and there’s nothing to eat in the house, so we go out.  Eating crap in a bag is not taking care of yourself!  Everything always ends up getting done and I end up exhausted.  What?  I like clean clothes and organized closets and healthy food.  In the meantime my body has become broken, my mind cloudy, I feel a bit lost and now I’m questioning all I set out to do in life.  Wait a minute!  Is this a mid-life crisis?

I just want to feel rested, something that hasn’t happened since my teens.  I want to be happy, want what I have, own what I’ve already accomplished. I want to appreciate the beauty and magic and love around me.  I want to slow things down. I want to figure out what’s next.  I kind of like that about myself…wanting more by wanting less.  Simply by simplifying.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Hans Hofmann

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