The Art of Simplicity

It’s such a simple concept. Get rid of everything you don’t need, want, or complicates your life. And yet it is the hardest to follow.

Think about it. Really think about.

You might think that your life is simple. That you’re not attached to things. Now image your house was on fire and you could only grab one item.

What would it be?

The answer might surprise you. I know it surprised me. And made me think, maybe it was time to learn the art of simplicity, of letting go. But not just for my home. I wanted to extend this concept to the ranch, to my book cover designs work, to my writing, and this website.

4 thoughts on “The Art of Simplicity

  1. I have been trying to do that, too! I’ve gotten rid of boxes and bags and heaps of stuff and it seems like there’s still so much useless junk… it gets to be like you’re just dragging this crap around and it sort of weighs you down.

    if i could save one thing it would be my teddy bear, LOL!

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    • LOL I don’t think people realize how much they have until they have to move it somewhere else. Then they realize just how much there is, or they don’t move at all because they don’t want to deal with it. I know when I married my hubby and brought my stuff to our house, I had more than could conceivable fit in such a small place. I started going through everything and getting rid of stuff. I threw out boxes of papers I’d saved over the years from writing and from school that wasn’t needed.

      If I didn’t have to worry about my girls in the case of a fire, I’d save my laptop. It has the family photos, my writing and business stuff on it. But if my kids and hubby were here it would be them first. 😀

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  2. Hi Steph, like the post and Jo’s / your comments above. After last weeks post re the rain / creativity … i think that spiritually you are blossoming. As you are starting to ‘de-clutter’ … things that once seemed important you’ll find aren’t really in the grand scheme of things. Its like cleansing …then both heart and soul will follow the same course. You may find that this is all starting on the physical ‘level’, because you are sensing things around you which you no longer need / desire/ require etc , and becoming detached is a liberating experience and one that most human beings find difficult too,(myself included).We hoard and collect don’t we, bizarre really!!

    Having experienced our home burning down 10 years ago you would think the choice of one item would be easy! The fire started in the wattle and daub walls of our thatched cottage … spreading to the roof. We / and the fire brigade had time to get quite a few of the downstairs belongings out but in the bedrooms nothing at all. My wife lost tjewellery and things like locks of her baby hair that her mum had given to her years before. I guess we should all think of something thats worth beyond cost when considering the one item … but that said ,we then oftne think of something that means alot to us, but once again these can be considered an emotional or simply another form of ‘attachment’ too … crikey its difficult isn’t it.

    I guess the ‘item’ would have to be a form of ‘life’ … my wife … then the cats! If it was on the material level, i think it would the laptop like you … and a pair of pants ha ha LOL!

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    • I can’t remember the movie I watched or how it all came about, but there was a scene where a guy asked a woman if she lost everything but one thing, what would be so important for her to take. She had some flippant answer and returned to her high-end apartment for a dinner party. However, the man’s question wouldn’t leave her and she tried to ask her fiance the same question only to be brushed aside as foolish. In the end she pulled the fire alarm and watched everyone vacant the area except her fiance who was trying to save his electronic items (pager, cell, laptop, etc). He wasn’t even worried about her.

      Every time I think I’m attached to something I’ve thought of that scene. I find that I’m not in the least attached to the item. I’m more attached to the people around me. My kids would be the first thing I’d grab and making sure my husband was safe. I would be sad about the laptop because hours upon hours of work would be lost on it, but I wouldn’t be devastated by it’s loss. I can always get a new laptop and my mind is full of ideas to write.

      This post wasn’t so much about me learning the art of simplicity as following through with the concept by going through stuff I haven’t looked at since I moved to the ranch with my husband. Two weeks ago I took a look at my house and gathered up everything that cluttered the house or made cleaning take too long (Think a corner shelf with three-shelves that takes me all day to clean, and I have three covered in little nicknacks. So three days are wasted cleaning just those shelves.) Most of it was crap that others had given to us over the years and my husband couldn’t let go of in the off chance that they showed up at the house.I decided it was time for it to go.

      My next project is my home office. The room is only 3×7 and it’s crammed full of papers that I should go through. I’m more waiting for a day when I just want to throw it all away to work through it because then I don’t have to worry about sentiment getting in the way of trashing the junk. 😀

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