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The Beauty And Comfort Of Simplicity

 
Rising Son
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The Beauty And Comfort Of Simplicity
In such a fast-paced, hustle and bustle world such as this, it is easy to become lost in the abyss of multimedia, entertainment, and work. Each minute of our day is planned and taken, predetermined without much chance or spontaneity contained within it. This makes sense to us and it is logical, because we structure our lives in ways we understand, and so a life without any surprises gives us a certain level of comfort and security in such a complicated world. However, the chaotic and supersonic speed at which everything moves forces us to capitulate and correlate with it, and before we know it, our lives are moving too fast, or at least too fast to enjoy the individual moments.

When was the last time you took a walk? When was the last time you went fishing? Climbing? Hiking? Biking? Swimming? Camping? I would venture to say that most of us would answer these questions only after struggling to slow down and remember, which in itself answers the question. Many of us have trapped ourselves in a cage of commitments and responsibilities, of anxieties and fears. We are our own worst enemy, and we have convinced ourselves that we must keep our nose to the grindstone without looking up, or without enjoying our life - that the enjoyment will come only after we've retired. If you ask your average retiree what their greatest regret is, most will tell you that they didn't take the time to enjoy the "little moments" while they were younger.

We can slow down, we can recalibrate our lives, and we can be happy again. We can choose to work in order to live, instead of live in order to work. We can choose to live in the present moment we are in, instead of worrying about future problems that haven't even occurred yet or regretting past mistakes we cannot change. We can choose to appreciate the loving and beautiful people and things around us, instead of ignoring them or taking them for granted so we can make our schedule "work". We can prioritize what is important to us, and put our attention on that - instead of losing ourselves and what meant so much to us. In short, we need to stop, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and decide to live again :-)

hf
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Great words, I walk and enjoy God's beauty 2x time a dayhf
Proverbs 15:1
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instead of worrying about future problems that haven't even occurred yet or regretting past mistakes we cannot change


Matthew 6:34 therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


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Proverbs 15:1
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I agree!!!! Very well said OP. Thank you.

I love the simplicity of the tasks that are involved in gardening... even just turning over the earth in a new garden bed is pleasurable in it's own way.
Everything you think, say and do is a choice towards the World that you prefer to exist. Discover what you like, and what you don't like...what you prefer... and live in that excitement as much as you can. The World you desire will reveal itself to you! I prefer a World of Truth, Goodness & Beauty... this IS my World. Won't you join me? :)
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Great words, I walk and enjoy God's beauty 2x time a dayhf
 Quoting: Goofy for God


Well done - I usually walk at dusk and enjoy the sunset :-)

hf
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Rising Son (OP)
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instead of worrying about future problems that haven't even occurred yet or regretting past mistakes we cannot change


Matthew 6:34 therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


grouphug
 Quoting: Goofy for God


That is so true - it really comes down to mindfulness, living in the present time, and being engaged with those around you.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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I agree!!!! Very well said OP. Thank you.

I love the simplicity of the tasks that are involved in gardening... even just turning over the earth in a new garden bed is pleasurable in it's own way.
 Quoting: Asyouprefer


I've always thought there is something spiritual about gardening - almost like the task of working the earth, planting the seed, and then nurturing it is a microcosm of what God does with us. Thank you :-)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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hf
A small change at one place in a complex system, can have large effects elswhere..
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The happiest I ever was when all I owned I could hold in two duffel bags.

Unfortunately baby boomers came into the work force en mass, all fighting for limited jobs.

I think that psych is what shapes our culture today.

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Lovely hf
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The happiest I ever was when all I owned I could hold in two duffel bags.

Unfortunately baby boomers came into the work force en mass, all fighting for limited jobs.

I think that psych is what shapes our culture today.


 Quoting: SlimExponent


Absolutely, completely agree!
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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Currently working on:
Bach: Invention No. 1
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Mendelssohn: Tarantella Op.102 no.3
Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Song Op. 19 no. 6 (both from 'Songs Without Words')
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I agree!!!! Very well said OP. Thank you.

I love the simplicity of the tasks that are involved in gardening... even just turning over the earth in a new garden bed is pleasurable in it's own way.
 Quoting: Asyouprefer


I've always thought there is something spiritual about gardening - almost like the task of working the earth, planting the seed, and then nurturing it is a microcosm of what God does with us. Thank you :-)
 Quoting: Rising Son


You said it perfectly. Thank you for your eloquence.
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Beautifully said OP,

Sometimes we forget to live and just be, we become so mechanical. I've been working non stop for the last 20 years and have been recently been laid off but it's been a blessing. I can get up in the morning and have a nice walk with my dog. Just walking in nature seeing/feeling/being/breathing/enjoying. Bliss!

"To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders"
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"To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders"
 Quoting: paler


Oh there are plenty of people with still minds. Just go to your nearest Wal-mart, there are a bunch of them in there.
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Beautifully said OP,

Sometimes we forget to live and just be, we become so mechanical. I've been working non stop for the last 20 years and have been recently been laid off but it's been a blessing. I can get up in the morning and have a nice walk with my dog. Just walking in nature seeing/feeling/being/breathing/enjoying. Bliss!

"To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders"
 Quoting: paler


Thank you - and I love that quote. Who said that?
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4

Truth needs no validation because it is self-evident and undeniable. Therefore, anything that requires validation to be realized or justified as truth must contain at least some degree of falsehood.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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Comfort and simplicity hardly goes together but it can be accomplished to a certain degree.
Have a plan and you have accomplished 50% of your goal.
The problem is that most people have no plan.
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Lovely post OP. hf
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Beautifully said OP,

Sometimes we forget to live and just be, we become so mechanical. I've been working non stop for the last 20 years and have been recently been laid off but it's been a blessing. I can get up in the morning and have a nice walk with my dog. Just walking in nature seeing/feeling/being/breathing/enjoying. Bliss!

"To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders"
 Quoting: paler


Thank you - and I love that quote. Who said that?
 Quoting: Rising Son


Oops, ment to add, it was Lao Tzu
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I live by Big Bear, CA ..I am surrounded by it everywhere!! Wlking the dog, canoeing, evening parties with gay friends....

Life is good. The CALTRANS workers clean up the roads so we do not have to worry about forbidding flatlanders to enjoy the snow...we are friendly up here too!!
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I live by Big Bear, CA ..I am surrounded by it everywhere!! Wlking the dog, canoeing, evening parties with gay friends....
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Watching the cabin down the road get Waco'ed by LAPD officers...
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I like sparsity with a lack of clutter but unfortunately those around me do not.
If I had my own house just by my lonesome it would be very simple, not to much furniture or crud. Things deemed necessary only.
So many Americans suffer from a cluttered mind, soul and body. They hoarde everything trying to fill an emptyness inside.
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I like sparsity with a lack of clutter but unfortunately those around me do not.
If I had my own house just by my lonesome it would be very simple, not to much furniture or crud. Things deemed necessary only.
So many Americans suffer from a cluttered mind, soul and body. They hoarde everything trying to fill an emptyness inside.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34722151


A monks quarters are very appealing for some reason.
Sparse but of quality, a nice library, a few chairs, table, etc.
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I like sparsity with a lack of clutter but unfortunately those around me do not.
If I had my own house just by my lonesome it would be very simple, not to much furniture or crud. Things deemed necessary only.
So many Americans suffer from a cluttered mind, soul and body. They hoarde everything trying to fill an emptyness inside.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34722151


Totally agree with you.

I go through my things several times a year and give away clothes, etc.

The universe always has a way of filling up space.. as soon as the clutter has been cleared, it fills up again! The more you give, the more you receive.
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Ox are slow but the earth is patient
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Life is not so simple as you describe. It's a meat grinder. Meat goes in, meat comes out.

So stfu hopetard
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I live by Big Bear, CA ..I am surrounded by it everywhere!! Wlking the dog, canoeing, evening parties with gay friends....
 Quoting: Chuck 30723337


Watching the cabin down the road get Waco'ed by LAPD officers...
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That was so last week and unusual
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I like sparsity with a lack of clutter but unfortunately those around me do not.
If I had my own house just by my lonesome it would be very simple, not to much furniture or crud. Things deemed necessary only.
So many Americans suffer from a cluttered mind, soul and body. They hoarde everything trying to fill an emptyness inside.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34722151


Totally agree with you.

I go through my things several times a year and give away clothes, etc.

The universe always has a way of filling up space.. as soon as the clutter has been cleared, it fills up again! The more you give, the more you receive.
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Stop buying cheap shit and use the money to give directly to charity!
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In such a fast-paced, hustle and bustle world such as this, it is easy to become lost in the abyss of multimedia, entertainment, and work. Each minute of our day is planned and taken, predetermined without much chance or spontaneity contained within it. This makes sense to us and it is logical, because we structure our lives in ways we understand, and so a life without any surprises gives us a certain level of comfort and security in such a complicated world. However, the chaotic and supersonic speed at which everything moves forces us to capitulate and correlate with it, and before we know it, our lives are moving too fast, or at least too fast to enjoy the individual moments.

When was the last time you took a walk? When was the last time you went fishing? Climbing? Hiking? Biking? Swimming? Camping? I would venture to say that most of us would answer these questions only after struggling to slow down and remember, which in itself answers the question. Many of us have trapped ourselves in a cage of commitments and responsibilities, of anxieties and fears. We are our own worst enemy, and we have convinced ourselves that we must keep our nose to the grindstone without looking up, or without enjoying our life - that the enjoyment will come only after we've retired. If you ask your average retiree what their greatest regret is, most will tell you that they didn't take the time to enjoy the "little moments" while they were younger.

We can slow down, we can recalibrate our lives, and we can be happy again. We can choose to work in order to live, instead of live in order to work. We can choose to live in the present moment we are in, instead of worrying about future problems that haven't even occurred yet or regretting past mistakes we cannot change. We can choose to appreciate the loving and beautiful people and things around us, instead of ignoring them or taking them for granted so we can make our schedule "work". We can prioritize what is important to us, and put our attention on that - instead of losing ourselves and what meant so much to us. In short, we need to stop, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and decide to live again :-)

hf
 Quoting: Rising Son


Very true, thanks.
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I agree!!!! Very well said OP. Thank you.

I love the simplicity of the tasks that are involved in gardening... even just turning over the earth in a new garden bed is pleasurable in it's own way.
 Quoting: Asyouprefer


I've always thought there is something spiritual about gardening - almost like the task of working the earth, planting the seed, and then nurturing it is a microcosm of what God does with us. Thank you :-)
 Quoting: Rising Son


That's so true, but we have also to uproot the weeds. Looks like most of us are doing nothing about that.
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