And It’s All So Easy!…

Quotes and Notes # 355, October 26

The bee's job is very simple--and most important.--photo by Bill Land

The bee’s job is very simple–and most important. Photo by Bill Land

“Despite all our amazing ability, ingenuity, technology and industry humans are the one species who have not mastered the art of simplicity.”—Rasheed Ogunlaru—

The bee performs a simple job—walk across the stamens to get pollen on its feet, walk across the pistils to seal everything up with nectar—and go home. The end result of the bee’s job, however, is more complicated. The bee pollinates the flowers, producing seeds, fruits, and sustenance for life on our world. Einstein said that without the bee, mankind would only survive for two years. And the bee’s job is so simple!

Closer to home, and in our minds, we may wish to explore ways in which we may simplify our lives. What concerns can we eliminate? What tasks can we make easier? Do we need help or can we give help? There are a lot of questions involved in the search for simplicity, but every little bit helps. Practice simplicity as you practice optimism. They are somehow related.

The simplest thing you can do for happiness is to share a smile
Recognize that You are the only you in the world
And, Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”


Quotes and Notes #128, March 11

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”–Frederic Chopin

We may take this thought into other parts of our endeavors. After trying many convoluted ways to solve a problem, look for the simplest because that will work best. This is not to say that one should look for the easiest way out, but for the simplest.

My wife has a rule about “stuff” in the house—“When something comes in, something must go out.” This policy serves to simplify and to reduce clutter. It also works in your mind as you sort through daily thoughts and considerations. Try it.

The simplest step toward being happy is to share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Battle complexity

Quotes and Notes, January 26

“Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.”–Tim Burton

Our lives seem to gain complexity as we grow older. Complexity creates stress. Today, do something to move toward simplicity. What is there in your life that you can do without? Find it and get rid of it. Try to avoid modifiers in your speech today. Definitely do not use the word “very.”  Look at the stems on the maple trees—the growth buds are swelling in anticipation of spring. Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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