In his thoughtful and thought provoking song "Anyone Can Whistle," Stephen Sondheim writes:
It's all so simple,
Relax, let go, let fly.
So someone tell me, why can't I?
In this month of giving and gathering, when we all do more and push harder, we don't have much time for relaxing and letting go. In our bustling and striving, we barely remember what we're bustling and striving for. In our rush to find the perfect turkey or bottle of wine, we forget why we're looking. Mindful of the next task, we miss being present to this one.
Sondheim's words make me stop and think about simplicity. As the song says, we can dance tangos, slay dragons, and read Greek. What's hard is simple. But to be simple is hard. I don't know about you, but my growing up was about working harder not easier. Case in point ... this article was originally twice as long and said less.
I'm just thinking out loud, but what if this holiday season I drafted a new blueprint for success?