7 Simple Solutions for a Simple Life

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~ Lin Yutang

The word ‘simple’ means “humble, uncomplicated, or fundamental”. Interestingly, ‘simple’ also refers to an herbal medicinal treatment. So if you want to ‘dose’ your stress away and uncomplicate your existence, consider these solutions for a simple life.

Simplify your focus.
Center yourself. No matter what happens to you, it does not change who you are. You are valuable – to yourself, to your family and friends. And God
still has a good plan for your life (Jer. 29:11). Do not allow events to change your perception of your personal worth.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in more than three decades of service to grieving families, someone always loves and misses the person who died. Take
that to heart. No matter what challenges you face, someone loves and values you – not for what you do or have, but just because you are.

Reinforce your sense of value and self-worth through service to others: volunteer, share a hug, offer a listening ear, bake cookies to share. Whatever it is, focus on what you can do, not on what you think you have lost.

Think simple thoughts.
Eliminate complex ‘round-and-‘round thinking, also known as worry. Find positive, uplifting quotes and Bible verses that you can repeat whenever you –
or someone near you – gets mentally overwhelmed. Stop the emotion-go-round before it picks up speed.

Use simple words.

Extract yourself from an over-busy life by simplifying your schedule. NO is powerful. Say ‘please’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I love you’ often. Gratitude is simple; anger and resentment are not.

Simplify your environment.
What are you taking care of that is draining your energy and resources? Too much stuff equals stress, tension, and often, extra expense. If you have a
house (or desk) full of excess, it’s time to weed out. Clutter is stressful.

Look around. What do you see? Does it truly bless you in some way? If not, downsize. Consider selling some of it, or donating to a charity. Gift some of those less-than-treasured treasures. Less is more: more peace, more time, and more money.

Don’t buy into the marketing ploys that you ‘have to have’ everything they advertise.  Remember this old adage: the happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they make the best of everything.

Simplify your finances.
What is your income to expense ratio? If there’s more going out than coming in, you’re in trouble … and you know it! Find ways to cut expenses (do you need that latte every day?) or bring in extra income (remember all that stuff? sell it!). Barter for services (babysitting, yard work, car care) instead of using
money. Value money (with a savings account) more than the things it can buy.

Enjoy simple things.

You don’t need an expensive vacation or dinner in a four-star restaurant – especially if you have to charge it. It costs nothing to walk in the sunshine, or
listen to birds sing. Pack a picnic lunch or get together a neighborhood barbeque – everyone bring your own. Have a quiet talk with a friend. Take a
ride on the playground swing. Check out a library book.  The list is only limited by your own imagination and preferences. Ignore those expensive impulses and get creative.

Keep it simple.
Forget tomorrow (Matt. 6:34). Focus on making the best decisions you can for today. Simple decisions that align with your highest good. God never  intended for your life to be complicated. He told you to cast all your care on Him (I Peter 5:7). He said He would supply all your need (Phil 4:19). Stay
in simple faith and trust Him to give you His peace.

Take a dose of simplicity. Ask yourself, “Is this the simplest solution?”  Repeat as necessary.

Your simple life requires simple decisions. Decisions that focus on your highest good, not your temporary wants. I didn’t say it was easy. Change never is. But the rewards of a simple life are joy, peace and a bounty of simple blessings.



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