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By Rhoberta Shaler, PhD

Do You Demonstrate Simplicity?

Do you feel the calmness of a deep breath when you say or hear the word, "simplicity"? Does it conjure up space, serenity, peace and other desirable things? What would it take to bring simplicity into your values?

This world is working hard to make things bigger, faster, newer, complex, convoluted, urgent, anxious and fearful. You have probably noticed that. At the end of a too full day you can feel as though you have been accelerated through a time machine without your consent, can't you? The important part, of course, is to notice that you did give your consent, otherwise you would not have done it. This is a beginning realization of your part in creating simplicity.

Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance says, " True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess." If there are things weighing you down or rituals or practices that hold you back, it may be time to consider lightening up.

Is there simplicity in your home? Is there space around things for the air to circulate, or are pieces of furniture and "things" packed tightly together? Are surfaces clear and spacious? Does every "thing" have a designated spot? Does clutter get taken care of immediately before it becomes an art form? The dictionary says clutter is a crowded or confused mass or collection, and that "to clutter" means to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness. That says it all, doesn't it? If you have clutter, you are getting in your own way.

Recently, we moved and my husband and I reduced the things in our lives significantly. We used a three part rule—if a thing was beautiful, functional or memorable, it could stay. This rule had a second part: if the things that were kept had not been appreciated, used or held within the next year, they had to leave then. Hopefully, this was a great step toward simplicity.

For today, survey your surroundings—your home, your room, your office...or even just one drawer. Can you simplify it in any way? Extend this practice as you have time and inclination. It will move you towards a deeper sense of peace and tranquility.

Expert facilitator, Dr. Rhoberta Shaler, makes it easier to talk about difficult things. As an international speaker, facilitator, author and coach, she works with organizations and entrepreneurs who want to master the 'people skills' that grease the wheels of business and life. Visit her website for ezines, teleseminars, books & CDs, free articles, online community, and a half-hour free coaching consultation. 



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