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Let’s Simplify

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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One of the ways I hope to streamline my life as I rejoin society is to keep it simple. I look forward to fewer complications, manageable obligations and a slower life style.

Today I will be having a post-op evaluation of my new eyes, I am confident that the result will be I will even be able to see where I am going.

Here are some of Henrik Edberg’s tips for making life easier:

Small Ways to Make Life Simpler

Do one thing at a time. You’ll get better results and feel better and less stressed while doing those things.

Write it all down. Use your mind for better things than remembering what to do. And the mind is often like a leaky bucket. So write down all your great ideas, insights and thoughts before they go missing somewhere and add what you need to do to a to-do list.

Stop doing what you don’t like doing anymore. Life changes and so do you. If you you don’t like doing something anymore then stop doing that (even if it may take some time before you can do so by for example switching jobs).

Stop trying to please everyone. There will always be people who you don’t get along with or that do not like you for some reason.

Stop trying to do things perfectly. Go for good enough instead and when you are there you are done. Get things all the way to done this way and then move on to the next thing.

Ask yourself simplifying questions every day. Questions like “What is the most important thing I can do right now?” and “What is one small step I can take to simplify this situation?”.

Ask instead of guessing. Reading minds is hard. So, instead ask questions and communicate. This will help you to minimize unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings, negativity and waste of time and energy.

Choose small daily acts of kindness. Instead of small acts of judgment and criticism towards the people around you (and towards yourself).

Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Before you start thinking too much about something and building it up something big in your head, ask yourself: “Am I making a mountain out of a molehill here?”

Cancel subscriptions for things you rarely get around to watching or reading anyway.

Spend more time with people that help you to keep things simple. And spend less time with people that drag you down into overcomplicating everything and creating unnecessary drama.

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“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Have you noticed in the movies that:

All teenage boys have some kind of “do not enter or else” sticker or sign on their bedroom door.

Something very very bad always happens when someone says “How bad can it be?” or “Can things get any worse?”

While crossing wobbly old rope bridges, the hero will always state “don’t look down.” Then the female will say, “too late,” prompting the wooden board she next steps on to break and she falls through, and is left dangling high above a river that’s always full of hungry, man-eating crocodiles.

Any teen comedy usually ends with a prom no matter the time of year.

If the hero is running, the henchmen’s machine-guns will always give off sparks behind the hero’s feet and never actually hit him.

Heroes/villains, especially when wearing bulky, heavy, long black trench coats, can jump easily from rooftop to rooftop, always able to clear alleys ten to fifteen feet wide.

If a parent goes to their child’s bedroom and they are already in bed asleep, the parent will approach the bed and say something kind to the sleeping child before brushing their hair into place and kissing them on the forehead.

If there happens to be a high-rise building in an action/ disaster film, you can always expect an oblivious Hispanic janitor listening to salsa on his headphones.

Be extremely cautious around cremation urns, because somehow it’s going to get knocked over.

If there is a dangerous man breaking into a house, only the mother and daughter will be home. The mother will then usher the child into a closet and tell her to stay there, and the closet will always have those blinds with little slits in them that the child can look through. The bad man will always approach the closet, but will never look inside before leaving.

An alcoholic can always chug down a gallon of whisky without vomiting, getting really drunk, or burning their throat. He’ll chug it down, wince, and go “Aahhh!”

If there is about to be a huge disaster like an alien invasion or the world is about to be plunged into a new ice age there will always be a smart character who can see what’s going to happen well before it does, but is ignored and made fun of by everyone until its too late.

In a gunfight, the hero can hide behind any object even if it is very thin and no bullets will pass through.

In a movie with a Chinese bad guy, the guy ALWAYS hangs out in China Town and his hideout is ALWAYS in a Chinese restaurant.

The hero may get shot in the arm at the very end.

If a number of people are knocked out with gas or otherwise, they will all wake up at approximately the same time.

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A baby first laughs at the age of four weeks. By that time his eyes focus well enough to see you clearly.

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For months he had been her devoted admirer. Now, at long last, he had collected up sufficient courage to ask her the most momentous of all questions:

“There are quite a lot of advantages to being a bachelor,” he began, “but there comes a time when one longs for the companionship of another being—a being who will regard one as perfect, as an idol; whom one can treat as one’s absolute own; who will be kind and faithful when times are hard; who will share one’s joys and sorrows.”

To his delight he saw a sympathetic gleam in her eyes. Then she nodded in agreement.

Finally, she responded, “I think it’s a great idea! Can I help you choose which puppy to buy?”

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“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

Ann Landers

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My daughter’s boyfriend was going to teach her to play golf and figured that the best place to start was the driving range. Upon arrival my daughter sees a sign that says the golf balls rent by the bucket..large $4.50, medium $3.00 and small $1.50. She turned to her boyfriend and said “How can you tell the large balls from the small balls, they all look the same size to me”.

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Ain’t it hell though to reach your “September Years” and discover that you blew the best of July and August.

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A sign was placed at the entrance of the large machinery plant. It said:

“Warning to young ladies: If you wear loose clothes, beware of the machinery. If you wear tight clothes, beware of the machinist.”

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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”

Lin Yutang

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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