Principles and Practices-Simplicity

Simplicity is for the most part just a guideline by which to follow our lives, as are the other Principles and Practices, but this one is more malleable and self-reflective than the others, because this one is wholly constituted by self-searching, because nobody can call you out for “not being simple enough” because it is all within the confines of your life, and your personal experiences.  Now for me simplicity is to not be to ambitious, because that will cause you to get over stretched and provide cause for stress to take over.  Yet this can provide itself with its own difficulties because many people these days, myself included, have a large variety of interests that will naturally lead to an over extension of our capacities, to stay organized and calm at the same time.  This happenstance will require some extra work on all of our parts to attempt to do as minimal as possible, while also getting a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.  Now I find this to be quite the predicament especially, as people enter college and lose the structure and time restraints that high school provides.  This presents the predicament, as being solely up to the participant to solve, and this is quite accurate.  Still this is not entirely the whole story because the idea of simplicity could have been propagated in high school.  This would have helped to establish a culture of simplicity that would have definitely  helped me to create my own sense of simplicity.  Now for me simplicity is constituted by an understanding of ones own interests but also ones own limitations.   These understandings help me to begin to understand what is getting in the way of me being happy and stressless.  This also provides a framework to make choices that will affect what I do in life, by shifting the focus from what I want to try to what will make me happy in the long run.  This also forces the choice between things that make me happy, because at some point I will become overwhelmed by all of these activities , that make me happy and I will have to choose between them, and this is where the structure of simplicity truly comes into focus for me.  Simplicity forces the thought process of what makes me happy, but it also makes us think about the world and community as a whole and which activities that make us happy will also help make the world a better place for our selves and our posterity.   This process for selecting the activities that I chose to participate in also has to draw backs, but for the most these ideas define simplicity for me, and provide the basic guidelines for living a simple life.  Now this idea of simple life must also be balanced with ones own dreams and aspirations, and for many that might produce a problem, because the societal expectation of a dreaming of success is lots of money to spend excessively, and that this can be achieved through hard work, but this societal dream is seemingly at odds with the idea of simplicity, but these can in fact be reconciled, by how the money is spent, and the lifestyle that is chosen.  This must also acknowledge that extreme simplicity is not for everyone, and that is perfectly fine, because in the end simplicity is a very self-centered idea.

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  1. Wesley, I like your thoughts about switching from immediate feedback to long-term happiness, and finding simplicity by choosing to participate in only a few activities. You’ve got a lot of long, run-on sentences in this essay. That makes it hard to read. Next time, practice breaking up your sentences.

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