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It ain't lazy to want an easier life!

June 1st, 2007 · 4 Comments

“Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” -Robert Heinlein

I disagree! I don’t think it is lazy to look for an easier way to do things at all!

In this century, we’ll all running around like headless chooks trying to make ends meet. Life seems to get faster and faster every year, and I don’t think it’s necessarily just because we’re getting older and slower…

Every new labour saving device means theoretically that we have more time. So how come we end up with less?

Looking for an easier way to do things isn’t necessarily about labour saving devices, nor is it about paying someone else to do it for you (except in the case of ironing, where I strongly advocate that getting someone else to do it is worth every cent!)

Seeking the easy way (as opposed to the hard way) is all about making it easier on yourself.

Most women have a hard time with guilt. And one of the biggies in the world of women’s guilt is that she ‘should’ be able to have it all. The high-powered career. The bulging bank account. The stunning body. The amazing marriage. The gorgeous kids. The immaculate house. Home-cooked dinner on the table by 6 every night…. yada yada yada…

Of course, none of that is realistic, is it?

It is sensible and realistic to seek out and take the easy way whenever possible.

It’s far better than self-destructing. Or ending up as a puddle of butter from racing around and around and around, like the tigers in the old childhood story Little Black Sambo.
Little Black Sambo
I’d like to start some discussions around the topic of finding the easy way – about making things simpler, easier and less stressful for us all, so that in the end our lives have a better equilibrium and a touch of serenity – secure in the knowledge that we’ve got what we need to handle, handled in the easiest possible way.

Hands up those who’d be interested in something like this? (leave a comment below, or pop me a quick email – theclearingspace at gmail dot com)

Tags: Getting on My Soapbox · Getting Still · Heart and Home · Resourcing for Women Who Do Too Much · Wonder Woman

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Verna Wilder // Jun 2, 2007 at 2:42 am

    I love this new site, Karen. Very easy to read, lovely to look at, soothing.

    About simplifying: A friend and I were talking about this last night, but not in the most obvious sense. We were talking about telling the truth as a way to simplify one’s life. If you don’t want to go to a party, don’t make up an excuse: just say, “No thank you.” And if pressed for a reason, here’s my answer: “I’m uncomfortable at parties. But I really appreciate being invited.”

    We all think we’re truth-tellers, but there are so many little ways that we skirt the truth, thinking we’re saving someone else’s feelings, and doing that takes a lot of energy. When I think of simplifying my life, I think about the mess on my desk, of course, but I also think about my emotional energy and how I most want to use it. If I can tell the truth, I have lots more energy for the more mundane things, like that pile of stuff on the desk.

    Great topic! Thanks.

  • 2 Anne Maybus // Jun 3, 2007 at 7:52 am

    What a great idea for a topic. I think it would be of great benefit to many of us.

  • 3 karen // Jun 4, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Verna – thanks for visiting and your kind comments about my new site. I’m so glad you find it soothing!

    You’ve raised such a good issue here, we are good at what we think of as sparing anothers feelings, especially those we care for, arent we? Emotional energy is such a biggie, isnt it?

    Anne – your encouragement is fuel for my fingers :) thankyou…

  • 4 Chris // Jun 19, 2007 at 10:16 am

    It’s interesting. Andrea J Lee and Suzanne Falter-Barns have been on a run on a similar topic. They wouldn’t agree with Mr Heinlein either.
    Me? I’v reached the stage where I realsie there’s not enough time left so I’ll just HAVE to take the short route at least I taste it all then!

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