Have you ever tried to simplify instead of magnify, downsize instead of upgrade or decrease instead of expand? It’s not always easy. We live in a world that tells us bigger is always better and supports this idea that the more you have the better you’ll be. Well, this is false. I’m sure a lot of you don’t believe in these assumptions and try to simplify your life when you can, but it’s not always an easy thing to do.
It’s common to get caught up thinking having more “things” is what’s going to make you happy. You soon realize that’s not the case and you get down on yourself. This idea that having money and power will make you happy is debatable among many people. But when we stop chasing success, money and fame, we often times find these things, and more, knocking at our door. When we stop chasing and start living we are able to find joy in each day and happiness that comes from within. When we challenge our damaging thought patterns and become mindful of the people we want to be, instead of what we want to have, we find a much more fulfilling life filled with love, compassion and joy. Gratitude and giving back are two practices that will put you on the right track to simplifying your wants and desires and allow you to connect with others on a deeper level. You’ll get to know yourself better and start living a more meaningful life.
Stuff piles up, love spreads. Negativity is dark, positivity shines bright. Gratitude is kind, selfishness is cruel. Just like we clean our houses and our clothes, we need to also clear our minds of the junk that makes our lives messy and difficult. It took me a long time to realize the demands I was putting on myself were just that, demands on myself. When I recognized this and lightened the load I realized how much more simple and enjoyable my life became. We are each responsible for our own actions, thoughts and opinions. It’s easier to blame others or circumstances when our lives feel out of control than it is to challenge ourselves, find a different way, walk down another path and get rid of what’s not working. Take advantage of second chances, not everyone gets them.
In the words of Confucius, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Simple thinking and living leads to an inspirational life and amplifies your future. Simplification of your life is one of the steps to your own inner peace. Learning to say no is a big part of this process. Give yourself a chance to make a change. Find the strength within yourself to simplify and find peace.