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Simplicity

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I think itís often over looked in our precise calculations on life, love and a journey towards happiness. For some strange reason we discount it as being too easy. If life isnít a struggle at every corner and at every turn, then I guess we arenít investing enough of our self. Too some, if we embrace it we are considered weak and without direction. Itís called simplicity and simplicity gets a very bad rap.

I have found it to be a really good antidote for stress. The less encumbered my life becomes the less I have to worry about. The less I worry the more room for joy, peace and that vision of the REAL me.

The real me is not the person created by everyone elseís expectations. Thatís the me that turned to food as a solution, became obese, complicated my life even more and was in borderline despair mode for awhile. Itís the me that takes the time on a Saturday morning to sit down with some soothing background music and explore the things that make me so very unique. There are thirty two of them and they are never far from me. I read them aloud, I laugh a bit and I go on my way. It takes maybe 10 minutes. No need to climb the mountain and visit the Swami. I have all I need inside. The simpler I make it the easier it gets. The harder I make it the harder it gets.

I am a simple person. I ask to be loved and I want to give that love in return. I want to be acknowledged for what I do but if I donít show you what I am capable of doing, how can you acknowledge me?

I am a simple person. I can tell you with confidence that I am funny, I am intelligent and I can get you to buy an igloo in Alaska with the twinkle in my eye.

Being simple doesnít require a lot of work. It requires honesty. Yes, I have made a ton of mistakes but a quick review of everything I have written above shows that none of it has changed because Iíve admitted to being weak, or thrown a temper tantrum or changed a computer over to Windows 7 all by myself and messed it up after my wife told me to wait for one of sons who is an IT specialist.

The further I travel and the more I am ďhonestly honestĒ with myself the more I see that losing the bad weight I put on, adjusting my meal plan and working out has little or nothing to do with food and everything to do with how I see and value myself. We believe it hurts to be ďhonestly honestĒ Come close and Iíll tell you a little secret. Once I faced me, I simply saw what everyone else saw and it wasnít bad. Once I was honest with me I found out I was a really cool dude, or ďsirĒ to those of you under thirty. The only thing that stopped me from being me was me.

Really simple

There is no bravado here, no false courage. Iíll fail more today then Iíll succeed. At the end of the day Iíll write down one million things I wish I would have done differently. The difference is when I look at it tonight Iíll smile a bit instead of a painful grimace

Really simple
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DOLLBABE56 2/25/2010 7:41AM

    Ok John, after reading todays blog I HAD to read this one. I don't know how I missed this one. I'm glad I did. You are such an inspiration. I love you attitude toward life.

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KATIEGLEN012 2/25/2010 2:06AM

    Taking time to acknowledge the simple things let's us realize that all the beauty in this world is simple...simply elegant, simply delightful, simply delicious. Your words are part of what makes my day simply delightful and your insights are simply inspiring. Glad to see you are taking care of you.

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WANDAH3 2/24/2010 6:09PM

    John...you have such a wonderful way of writing. I am always blessed when I stop by to read what you've written.

Like you, since I've actually faced myself and been truly honest...I'm learning that I actually like me too! As I've eased up on being so hard on myself, I've eased up naturally on many other things. Garry and I both have learned that "it's the simple things" in life that make the most impression. We are learning to let go of so much that has kept us prisoners.

Thanks for the wonderful blog.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CLOTHEDINLOVE 2/24/2010 3:02PM

    I like this a lot! My husband and I are taking some active steps to making life simpler... cancelling cable, getting rid of "stuff"... it's refreshing.

I think being simple can be harder than being complicated. It's easy to make things complicated in this world. The hard part is stepping back from it and realizing we don't have to live that way.

Good luck to you in your journey to simplicity! Sounds like you're doing really well. emoticon

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NJMATTICE 2/24/2010 2:45PM

    Now if I would just "simply" exercise more I think I'd be in better shape! I'm getting there. I like the bumper sticker "Live simply so that others can simply live." Keep up the good work.
-nj

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_RAMONA 2/24/2010 2:30PM

    Hi, John! As I said in my blog this morning, this entry of yours should be called 'Killing me softly with his song'.

"[For some reason] if life isnít a struggle at every corner and at every turn [I discount it as being too easy].

The simpler I make [life] the easier it gets. The harder I make [life] the harder it gets.
I want to be acknowledged for [who I really am] I do but if I donít show you what I am capable of doing, how can you acknowledge me? The only thing that stopped me from being me was me [not being ďhonestly honestĒ].

The further I travel and the more I am ďhonestly honestĒ with myself the more I see that losing the bad weight I put on, adjusting my meal plan and working out has little or nothing to do with food and everything to do with how I see and value myself.

The less encumbered my life becomes the less I have to worry about. The less I worry the more room for joy, peace and that vision of the REAL me."

This pretty much sums up my growth the past two years here at SparkPeople, and it's still where I need to fine tune. I'm really 'weary' today, and it's because I let 'life' crowd out the REAL me, and I stopped being completely 'honestly honest'. It exhausts me... truly it does. Thanks for the reminder today. I'm truly blessed in having stumbled across your blog this week.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}
Ramona

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TRIPLE_EMME 2/24/2010 10:32AM

    Simplicity -- that is something that I'm striving for in my life: keeping it simple.

Thank you for the thought provoking blog.

Have a great day!

P.S. I'm going to make the "special me" list my task for March.

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STAN5FAM 2/24/2010 9:58AM

    Thanks Bestest Cool Dude! emoticon

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STORMTMB 2/24/2010 8:13AM

    As always, great things to think about. Thanks for sharing, John! Have a great day!

Tina

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