October 17, 2017
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
I am at the point in my life where I have few obligations and less demands to produce, yet I still let to many things pile up. In reality there is no good reason that I have to read all the magazines I get nor analyze every e-mailed article. I don’t want to descend into boredom and I really don’t have to just taking an interest in the world around me I just have to scale back..
Recently Marc Chernoff wrote a piece on ways to uncomplicate our lives. After reading it I was sure it was meant for me. Like DaVinci Chernoff reminds us that complicated is not the answer. Here in part is what he wrote.
How can we bring more simplicity into our complex lives? How can we uncomplicate things for ourselves? It’s time for a reality check…
Life is actually pretty simple, but we insist on making it complicated! Here are a few easy ways to uncomplicate it:
Learn from the past, and then get the heck out of there! – Past mistakes should teach you to create a wonderful future; not cause you to be afraid of it. Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. Success is not about where you are standing at any given point in time; it’s about how much you’ve learned and how far you’ve come to get there.
Focus on being productive, not being busy. – Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than the time it takes to achieve them. Stop and ask yourself if what you’re working on is worth the effort. Is it bringing you in the same direction as your goals? Don’t get caught up in odd jobs, even those that seem urgent, unless they are also important. Identify what’s most important to you. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. No wasted time, no fluff, no regrets.
Be efficient. – Stop being inefficient simply because you’ve always done it that way. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Many times we live with unplanned, complex systems in our lives simply because we haven’t given them much thought. Instead, streamline your life by finding better ways of handling common tasks. Focus on one system at a time (your cleaning system, your errands system, your paperwork system, your email system, etc.) and try to make it simplified, efficient, and logical. Then, once you have it perfected, stick to it.
Let things be less than perfect. – Smile every chance you get; not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have, and all the problems you know you don’t have. You must accept the fact that life is not perfect, that people are not perfect, and that you are not perfect. And that’s okay, because the real world doesn’t reward perfection. It rewards people who get GOOD things done. And the only way to get GOOD things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
“Boys and Girls Are Born Equal But Not the Same”
“Equal” is not always synonymous with “the same.” Men and women are created equal. But, boys and girls are not born the same.
- You throw a little girl a ball, and it will hit her in the nose. You throw a little boy a ball, and he will try to catch it. Then it will hit him in the nose.
- You dress your little girl in her Easter Sunday best, and she’ll look just as pretty when you finally make it to church an hour later. You dress a boy in his Easter Sunday best, and he’ll somehow find every mud puddle from your home to the church, even if you’re driving there.
- Boys’ rooms are usually messy. Girls’ rooms are usually messy, except it’s a good smelling mess.
- A baby girl will pick up a stick and look in wonderment at what nature has made. A baby boy will pick up a stick and turn it into a gun.
- When girls play with Barbie and Ken dolls, they like to dress them up and play house with them. When boys play with Barbie and Ken dolls, they like to tear off their appendages.
- Boys couldn’t care less if their hair is unruly. If their bangs got cut a quarter-inch too short, girls would rather lock themselves in their room for two weeks than be seen in public.
- Baby girls find mommy’s makeup and almost instintively start painting their face. Baby boys find mommy’s makeup and almost instinctively start painting the walls.
- If a girl accidently burps, she will be embarrassed. If a boy accidently burps, he will follow it with a dozen fake belches.
- Boys grow their fingernails long because because they’re too lazy to cut them. Girls grow their fingernails long – not because they look nice – but because they can dig them into a boys arm.
- Girls are attracted to boys, even at an early age. At an early age, boys are attracted to dirt.
- By the age of 6, boys will stop giving their dad kisses. By the age of 6, girls will stop giving their dad kisses unless he bribes them with candy.
- Most baby girls talk before boys do. Before boys talk, they learn how to make machine-gun noises.
- Girls will cry if someone dies in a movie. Boys will cry if you turn off the VCR after they’ve watched “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie three times in a row.
- Girls turn into women. Boys turn into bigger boys.
“My dad, he’s a nuclear physicist, my mom, she’s a mathematician, my brother is a chemical engineer–and I like to color.”
He said: My father is a skilled CPA who is not great at self-promotion. So when an advertising company offered to put my father’s business placard in the shopping carts of a supermarket, my dad jumped at the chance. Fully a year went by before we got a call that could be traced to those placards.
“Richard Larson, CPA?” the caller asked.
“That’s right,” my father answered. “May I help you?”
“Yes,” the voice said. “One of your shopping carts is in my yard, and I want you to come and get it.”
I went to a store to buy some insecticide. “Is this good for beetles?” I asked the clerk.
“No,” he replied. “It’ll kill ’em.”
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
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