Have you ever found yourself struggling to understand how someone else’s life can be so simple yet all you know is that there is nothing simple about life? I had, for a long time, believed that life is designed to be hard because of the challenges that I faced on a daily basis. However, I have come to understand that life is as simple as you want it to be. In all my years of living, I discovered that we have the ability to simplify life even when we are in situations that seem complicated. Many of us think that life owes us any favors and that it should deal to us cards that will give us the upper hand. Because of this mentality, many are stuck in life trying to defy the ‘complexities’ of life. All you have to do is warm up to the idea that life is truly simple.
There is Nothing Complicated about Life
We have different aspects of life. As we enjoy every new day, we have our health, academics, work, finances, family, relationships, and spirituality to consider. There are other areas where we have to consider. In some of these areas, we may think there are some complications, but in reality, there are none. You can enjoy the simplicity of life whenever you want. All you have to do is eat a healthy meal; it does not have to be an expensive or fancy meal. Work smartly in school, choose to love what you do at work, buy what you can afford, spend on things that matter and keep moving. Allocate time to spend with family and friends on a daily or weekly basis and give time to yourself to explore your spirituality.
The Times when You Think its Getting Complicated
There are those times when you do not see that life is truly simple because the pressure is mounting up and things are getting worse. All you have to do is look at what needs to be prioritized in such a time and work on it. If there are several matters that are a priority, bring out your drawing board and write down every possible cause of action that you can think of and look at their advantages and disadvantages. Also, learn to identify the ‘seemingly’ urgent and complex matters that you think needs your urgent attention, yet they can wait. Many times, people put themselves under a lot of pressure trying to resolve everything at once, yet there are those that can wait. Understand that the world will not end because you have not resolved certain things.
Free Yourself from Self-Imposed Pressure
Do you know that you can enjoy life in the middle of trouble? It is all about choosing to be happy, doing your best and leaving the rest to God. Do what is within your abilities and enjoy the simplicity of life. I like what Confucius said. He said,
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Live within your capabilities and when you have to stretch yourself, do it under your terms and not because pressure has mounted on you. There will be those times when doing nothing is the best solution for some issues. Will you be wise enough to recognize this and let things be or will you try to solve things?
It is only when you realize that life is truly simple that you will enjoy the life that you live. If not, you will always be struggling through life. Learn to take a deep breath and understand that you are not the first and you will not be the last person on earth to face complicated situations. However, the difference comes in based on how you handle your situations. Just because it seems complicated does not mean that it is. The simplest solutions are mostly the ones needed for these ‘complexities.’ Therefore, learn to identify and enjoy the simplicity of life.
Written By: Vishakha Goyal