Simplicity

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

Enough Stuff

Quotes and Notes, January 17, 2015

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”–G.K. Chesterton

The other day a friend who follows my writing came up to me in the grocery store and asked, “John, just when is everything going to be all right?” I thought about it and answered, “It’s going to be all right when you get your mind to accept some things that you are fighting.” There are always alternatives.

Another way to get enough is to give what you don’t need to someone who does need it. The act of giving will make you feel good and make someone else happy. Check out the sunset this evening.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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