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.”