Keeping Life Simple

Posted: 20th July 2010 by Mike Swickey in ArchivedSite

Okay, I admit, I am a sucker for books about simplifying life. I read almost all I come across as I am on a journey of self-discovery – simplified. Recently, I saw this tiny (I mean really small) book at Borders called, Keeping Life Simple : 380 Tips & Ideas. Karen Levine’s little book of tips wasn’t a disappointment for $8.95 and I found a few gems in the book.

Here’s a few that jumped out at me. Not because I never have thought about things like this before, but because it’s been long enough that I needed the reminder! Nothing Earth-shattering, but thoughts that are nice to keep in mind.

  • Take time to figure out what you find most satisfying.
  • There is a value in a long-range perspective on life, but there is also a value in in being able to live in the moment.
  • There are no bonus points in life for suffering through what other people say you should enjoy.
  • Learn to be flexible. Rigidity is the hobgoblin of an unsatisfying life.
  • If you live in an area that experiences real Winters, buy yourself a set of flannel sheets. You’ll begin thinking about bedtime around 4:00 in the afternoon.
  • Try not to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time without taking a break – get up and stretch.
  • Keep a pair of cheap lawn chairs in the trunk of your car. You never know when you’ll pass a beautiful meadow – or anything that beckons you to come and sit for awhile.
  • Read a short-story.
  • Every once and a while, turn the TV off for an entire week.
  • Photocopy the contents of your wallet and store it in a safe place. Save lots of trouble later.
  • As Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”