Today, a short meditation on keeping things simple:

Many of us live rushed and cluttered lives, with much stress and anxiety.  Do we really need to live like this?

To keep things in perspective, remember that to live all that is required, really, is to breathe in and out, eat and sleep. That's life, in a nutshell.

It helps to simplify things as much as possible and shed what is not needed.

Doing things one at a time, breaking complex tasks or problems into small components, is an important approach that can reduce stress and improve productivity. Taking the time to notice our surroundings, paying attention to the present and being thankful for what we have instead of being resentful, also help improve the quality of life.

Others have thought about simplicity before us:

Charles Mingus, the jazz musician, said, "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."  -- Leonardo da Vinci

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." Lin Yutang (writer and inventor).

The photo above of a lake in Switzerland is courtesy of Duilio Zane.
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