#16 SIMPLIFY IS NOT A NAUGHTY WORD.
After 19 months of repeated head injuries, I was forced to face
some pretty grim realities.
My life had not been rolling along as I had expected it to
and I was at the something-has-to-give point.
The I-can’t-do-my-usual-stuff-anymore point.
The you’d-better-make-some-changes point.
The downsize-now point.
In other words, even more decisions had to be made regarding my broken brain lifestyle and how to make it work for me.
Sparing you the details of all the changes I have found it necessary to make I will cut straight to the heart of the matter. Yes, the heart.
My head may have been the injured part, but my heart kinda got broken too along the way.
I found I had to pep talk myself into the unavoidable changes.
Almost daily I would have to encourage myself in the downsizing.
Strengthen myself in the less is best.
And admonish myself in the path of slower.
My favorite saying to myself became,
“Simplify is not a naughty word.”
I said it over and over again as I was getting rid of some of the stuff in my life that I no longer had the time for, or the strength for,
or the energy for, or the balance for, or the brain cells for.
Maybe there are areas in your life when you are feeling the tug of change.
You know that you have overbooked. You sense that you are overburdened.
Yet, the cost of removal seems too high.
It’s hard to let go of the things we have become accustomed to.
Paces we have learned to keep up with and activities that we enjoy.
When you find that changes are unavoidable
(and really, in the long run, may be for the better)
you can share my new favorite words with me.
You can put them in your own mouth when you are feeling kinda blue and you can chew them up.
Then you can swallow them down so that they become part of your new mantra.
Simplify isn’t a naughty word.
Now…say it till ya mean it.