To live simply is to live without complication.
There are so many things that complicate our lives today. Just look at all the choices we have to make every single day! Go to any supermarket and you will be overwhelmed with the number of items there are.
WE LIVE COMPLICATED LIVES
When I was a child, there was maybe 2 or 3 brands of toothpaste to choose from, now I look at the rows and rows of different toothpastes… tartar control, whitening, flouride, no flouride, sensitive, daily care, total care, 3D white, triple action, and they are just ones I have in my own bathroom cabinet, and I have trouble deciding which one is best… obviously!
And that is just toothpastes! What about milk! There used to be… MILK! Now there is full cream, low-fat, lactose free, A2, flavoured, long life, soy, almond, rice, coconut, and that is just a few. No wonder my trips to the supermarket take longer than they used to. And, of course, I need to read all the labels to make sure I’m not consuming things I don’t need to, things that are not good for me. And how many ingredients there are in nearly everything I buy. And some of those ingredients I cannot even pronounce!
HAVING TOO MANY CHOICES IS COMPLICATING MY LIFE!
Yes, it’s good to have a choice, but how many choices do I really need to make on a daily basis?
WHAT ABOUT MY HOME?
According to the LA Times, the average American home (and I imagine Australian homes are no different) has 300,000 items! The Telegraph tells us that British research has found that the average 10 year-old owns 238 toys, but plays with only 12 daily. And according to Forbes, the average American woman owns 30 outfits – one for every day of the month. In 1930 that figure was nine!
And all those things are where? In our homes!! Not only do we need to choose which outfit to wear on any given day, which toothpaste to use, or what toy to play with today, we have to have somewhere to put them all. No wonder so many of us live with clutter! And no wonder we feel weighed down and stressed.
Uncomplicating my life and learning to live simply takes time, effort, and some pain as I have to part with things, but it also brings freedom, lightness and joy.
There is no better feeling for me than to clear out unwanted ‘stuff’, to see space and light emerge that I didn’t know was there, and to enjoy living an uncomplicated and simple life.