“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and not a hundred or a thousand….. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without”. — Henry David Thoreau
Sure looks good on paper.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot on my plate:
These are the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Each one has a subset of additional topics.
1. Servant, Disciple, Church, Prayer, Emmaus Brothers, Catechism, First Holy Communion, Lector, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Cub Scouts, Networker, Volunteer, Innovator.
2. Servant, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Neighbor, Friend, Home Owner, Yard Man, Mechanic, Pet Owner, Chief Financial Officer, Investor, Small Business Owner, Writer, Professional Speaker, Student, Leader, Teacher, Historian, Networker, Innovator, Runner, Athlete, Comedian.
3. Servant, Leader, Follower, Team Member, Teacher, Professional Speaker, Idea Generator, Envelope Pusher, Ambassador, Spokes Person, Student, Trainer, Lead Generator, Historian, Writer, Helper, Friend, Colleague, Profit Driver, Innovator, Traveler, Listener, Planner, Comedian.
No wonder it’s so challenging for me to relax.
I’ll tell you what though, I would rather be aware of this and consciously and consistently work on simplification, than to be oblivious.
Plus, the harder I work, the luckier I get.