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How to Keep It Simple

Keep it simple. That declaration gets offered up when time is running low, when ideas get too overwhelming, or when resources begin to run dry. It offers a reminder of how complicating things steals the focus, robs the resources, and defeats the imagination.

The world will do all it can to make it complicated because that leaves the world in control. Strip it back to its basics, and you will discover that you can keep it simple because it IS simple.

Remember, we are in this world, not of it. We don’t have to give in to the complications the world stirs up.

If you are struggling for your next step, go back to the simple.


If you are struggling for your next step, go back to the simple.

Complicated Breeds Chaos So Keep It Simple

The first time I hosted a holiday gathering, I went a little crazy – although my husband would probably tell you I went a LOT crazy. I needed to make all the items from scratch. Every decoration needed to be perfectly aligned. Even the places where people wouldn’t go needed a touch of holiday umph . . . just in case.

I scrambled and scratched and kneaded until I was numb. 

I can’t tell you much about that event except that chaos led the parade.

A couple of years later, I again had the “honor” of hosting the holiday gathering. This time, my oven died just days before. I had to simplify everything and get extremely creative. You’d be amazed what all you can cook in a crockpot – especially when you have to. 

I remember sitting around and laughing a lot during that holiday. Everyone enjoyed the time together so much more – mainly because we were all together. 

Simplifying the experience allowed me and those in my immediate gravitation pull to experience the moment.

When we complicate things, we give chaos the reins. Chaos will always drive us into a ditch or off a cliff. Keep it simple to give joy center stage and to avoid the chaos.

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Learning to Keep It Simple

Keep it simple

It is not complicated – we just work hard to make it that way. When we make it complicated, we get lost. If you are struggling to understand where you are, what you are, why you are, or to grasp the next step, then it is probably time to strip it all back to the simple.

  • What can you do right now?
  • What will you do right now?
  • What will you say you want to do but won’t really do?
  • What worked last? Do you remember why or how?
  • When was the last time you felt at peace?
  • When was the last time you experienced joy?

Answering these questions doesn’t always get rid of the complicated, but it will begin the process. The more honest you are, the quicker you can get to a simpler way of doing things.

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Don’t Make it Complicated

It doesn’t have to be that way. It turns out even the complicated stuff or the hard stuff can be simple . . . when we break them down to one step at a time. 

Dare to stop long enough to strip away the chaos and discover your way to keep it simple.

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