It's All So Simple
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. And... I'm learning.
I'm just thinking out loud, but what if this holiday season I drafted a new blueprint for success? What if ...
- When a dinner guest asks, "May I bring something?" ... I say yes.
- When invited to an event I have no energy for ... I say no.
- When I feel inundated by unfinished tasks ... I delete some.
Before the gift-giving, party-going atmosphere starts to feel out of hand ... what if I sit down with family and friends and talk about creating more meaning with less doing?
Author and former Scottish Episcopal Bishop Richard Holloway has said, "Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy..."
What can you simplify this season? Where is your singleness of purpose?
When you find yourself wrapped up in busy-ness, stop for a ki moment and experience the joy. As you feel yourself inching toward overwhelm, take another moment, center, and choose simplicity, not just this season but in all seasons of the year.
Wishing you good ki and a season of Simple Gifts.