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July 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.

~E.F. Schumacker

I don’t profess to be a genius, and I know that I often tend to complicate matters when I think I am simplifying them, but this quote resounded with me. It does take a lot of courage to move against the flow… and to move against expectations and the pressure to conform.

It seems to me that we get to a certain point in our lives – and for each of us, it’s a different point, caused by different circumstances and influences – and we feel the need for simplicity. We long for order, calm and a simple life – free of the pressures, demands and chaos we’re incessantly bombarded with.

For me, it was a disillusionment with the corporate world, coupled with the realisation of the need to feel grounded and reconnect with nature.

Simplifying my life has meant going within, seeking beauty and joy, and looking less for happiness from external sources. It will be a life long process.

This month at The Calm Space we’re talking about Simplicity. Each of our expanding team of contributors talks about simplicity as it relates to their own particular genius, and I feel blessed to read their inspiring words, and see their beautiful photography. We’d love to have you join the conversation.

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  • 1 Ribeezie // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Didn’t Einstein say: “Things should be made as simple as possible but not any simpler.”

    There’s some truth to that. I mean first and foremost, the man is a genius! :-P But really, even complicated things can be broken down into smaller simpler parts. I strive for that in daily life; simplicity. Because without it, there’s just so much stress in the day and let’s face it, no body likes to stress out.

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