I had just written a long and incredibly time consuming blog on what simplification is and what it has meant in my life within the last couple of weeks. Of course as much of a savvy blogger as I am, accidentally deleted the whole thing…
So I now decided to take on the word simplify in every aspect of my life, including this post and wrist a small and simple entry.
I leave for Russia in less than five days. Time flies way too fast!! It was only a year ago that I moved into my apartment and started my job. Now, I am packing up the last of my boxes and dwindling my life in just one small backpack and duffle bag. I seriously need to have a heart to heart with whoever successfully came up with the idea of fitting 30 clowns into a clown car. It’s a bit overwhelming to look at everything that I need to take, cut it in half and only bring the things I NEED versus the things I WANT.
But isn’t that how life is? We associate comfort with the things that we just cannot live without. I am learning this as well, everyday, but life is not about comfort.
As I pack I remember the wise words of Henry Thoreau:
“Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail…Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”