“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” –Steve Jobs
Ockham’s razor is a tenet I come back to over and over again: a principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred. For example, when I have a bad headache, I go straight for “brain tumor” as explanation; my husband, John, suggests dehydration as the cause—simple, clear. As I enter 2013, I wonder what I can pare down, get my thinking clean about, simplify.
What can you simplify today?
Give me a challenge to simplify and immediately I am clear as a bell about what is really important.
Dealing with my health this week has been really simple. I DO what I MUST DO and I rest.
Sometimes “rest” looks like writing. Or making words of art.
It’s unusual for me to BE “sick” though I have been this week, so I’m having to pull out some new tricks.
I have had to improvise. Deal gently with my sleeping weirdness.
When I simply surrender to the fact that I have no voice, am coughing like I work in the coal mines 24/7, and feel like a tube of toothpaste on the Indy racetrack, what else can I DO but smile?!
BEing sick isn’t something I take real seriously anymore. I deal with it. I look for the gifts in it.
Like sleeping for 5 hours without coughing.
Or watching the moon and sun kiss each other good morning.
Or noticing that Gracie is ready to go home rather than taking a longer walk, but NOT BEcause I was grumbling.
Sleep, drink hot tea, laugh, take a delicious hot shower, BE grateful to realise the last time I felt anything like this was in April 2009!!!
Feelings are important. When I listen to them I get it. I don’t need a GPS.