Return to Simplicity

We make everything so complicated. I make everything so complicated. When in reality life should be simple.

We are born. We eat. We drink. We sleep. We feel. We work. We dream. We love. We smile. We cry.  We live.  We die.

Truly, very simple.  All the rest–the drama, the hurt feelings, the angst–comes from a bizarre desire for human’s to make it more complicated. Even the least dramatic of us thrives on moments of drama and excitement. Our forms of adventure may be found from different sources, but we still seek them out. Or at least I think most of us do.

But I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to embrace the simple. Think about it,  how much more joyous could we be if we just faced life in terms of simplicity?

I thought of this reading Tori’s post at The Ramblings yesterday which reminded me that the stories I enjoy reading are the ones that simply share someone’s perspective of life. Yes, sometimes the form of that perspective (at least in terms of fiction) might take me on an unexpected adventure, but the stories I love the most are stories about people. Simple stories. Simple feelings. Simple life.

I thought about this more as I read Kathy’s post called “In Praise of the Pathetic Palate” which reminded me how often we, in America at least, focus on the ridiculous like the best diet to stay thin, when there are people out in the world who have no choice but to be thin because they don’t have enough food to eat.

It really is simple.  We are born. We eat. We drink. We sleep. We feel. We work. We dream. We love. We smile. We cry. We live.  We die.

Keep it simple everyone. I’m going to try.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:49:20

    What an amazingly important message! Brilliant, my friend! (and thanks for the shout out–glad my post spoke to you–)


    • Woman Wielding Words
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:28:06


      It is rare when your posts don’t speak to me. 😉 Someday you and I shall share a bowl of rice together.



  2. jgavinallan
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:52:05

    My new and sensitive friend. Your last paragraph is so true. But do not fault Americans this luxury…only hope that someday all the world can worry about too much food..instead of not enough.

    wonderful—lovely post



    • Woman Wielding Words
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:13:39

      I realize that Americans are not the only ones to blame, but we certainly lead the way in obsessing about the ridiculous.


  3. Taochild
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:03:21

    I’ve been chanting that mantra for years! lol Well said (and well drawn)!


  4. madelinelaughs
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:06:08

    I love this concept and I strive to uphold my take on simplicity. I don’t actively seek out drama, I avoid it as much as possible, but drama seems to make an invasion occasionally. Some folks that inadvertently have a connection to your life sometimes feel they have to knock you down a peg or two if you appear too happy to them. That’s when I like to look around me and see how good my life is and just move on and away from the buzzkills.


    • Woman Wielding Words
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:12:15

      I love that other people try to create drama in lives that don’t have a lot of drama. I guess it is unavoidable. 😉


  5. Aligaeta
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:13:43

    I’m all for simplicity!


  6. Tori Nelson
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:18:07

    I already feel more relaxed on this Simplicity Kick. Life really isn’t so hard afterall 🙂


  7. vixter2010
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 08:45:05

    There is far too much drama in life, sometimes we all need to chill out!


  8. nrhatch
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 09:39:39

    Less is more.

    If you’re interested:


  9. the domestic fringe
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 12:56:45

    Great post! Awesome reminder to keep it simple. I overcomplicate things ALL the time.


  10. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 18:15:53

    Very well said Lisa! 🙂


  11. Taochild
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 15:49:27

    Was just reminded of a quote that is perfect for this:

    “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
    -Albert Einstein


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  13. Heather Henry
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 08:33:36

    Dear Lisa, I’m sorry it’s been so, so long since I’ve visited your blog, but life has been anything but simple. You’re right, we tend to make life far more complicated than it ever needs to be. I have known people who create drama in their lives constantly, because they can’t seem to live without it. I too, desire simplicity. I enjoy sitting on my deck, doing nothing other than drinking a cup of coffee and listening to the birds. That is all the drama I need. 🙂 Thank you for this reminder, though, I’ve had far more drama this week than I want or ever need. I am ready for simplicity and I know it will have to start with me.
    I hope you are well and I really hope I can get together with you for lunch before I have to leave. I’d love to hear how everything is going and how you’ve been. I will be around for a little while longer, but my husband leaves in less than a week. I can relate to becoming single for a bit of time. Let me know when you’d be available for lunch. Have a wonderful weekend!


  14. Olga SE
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 12:13:29

    Love the idea! As for me, I’ve been trying to keep my life simple for a very long time without any tangible results. But I keep trying…


  15. Julia Munroe Martin
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 16:18:49

    I’m with you! Great post!


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