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Monday, January 19, 2015

Do You Complicate Life?

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"Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life."
--Katharine Fullerton Gerould, American author (1879-1944)

I sometimes long for days past. When we felt safer, when things were simpler. We could speak to anyone and not feel fear from them. Military men hitchhiked rides and were in no danger.

I walked to school, going through our town's little business district, and my parents had no concern that I would reach school safely. A downtown hardware store had a live caged monkey and I would stop there every day. No thoughts that among the men who hung around the hardware store there might be a pedophile in the group.

Yes, we felt safer—we didn't even lock our doors at home or in our cars. When World War II ended, my family heard about it on the radio. We didn't know we were missing the joys of television and microwave ovens—we couldn't miss what we'd never had or never imagined.

There's a term for this kind of living: minimalism. What is minimalism? Joshua Becker writes a blog where he tries to inspire others to live more by owning less. He's the author of the book, SIMPLIFY. When asked what is a minimalist, he said, "I typically answer with a short, simple explanation: 'I am intentionally trying to live with only the things I really need.'"

As the quotation at the beginning states, we do tend to complicate life. I try to keep things simple: love God and thank Him for all the things I take for granted, love my family, and have a good hot dog occasionally. How about you? Is your life complicated? Do you yearn for a simpler life?