Monday, May 28, 2007

Sunday Scribblings #61: Simple

Simple is a popular concept now. People - myself included - want to "simplify." There are Web sites, seminars, books, recordings and trainers all dedicated to helping us simplify.

What does that mean? What is simple? Simple compared to what?

To me, simple is quiet. Reflective. It's hard to get those times, with job, family, society and media all vying for your attention.

Simple meals. Eating has become more and more complicated. Remember meat and potatos? No: you forgot the veggies. Your meat portion is too large, and you shouldn't eat carbs. Unless you should eat carbs. You should eat dairy, but not milk, yogurt or cheese. Wine? One glass, two glasses? It's good for you, unless it isn't. Diet soda, regular soda, no soda. Sixty-four ounces of water a day. Or not. Green tea, white tea, red tea, black. Antioxidants. Free radicals. When I was growing up, "free radicals" was a political term.

Love. only sounds simple. It's, in fact, one of the most complicated simplicities in the world.

Online bill paying. Sounds simple. Sure. Until a computer glitch loses your payment, doubles your payment, overdrafts your account or takes your money after you cancel the program.

Getting out to get fresh air. Bug spray, sun screen, no hairspray. Broad hats, flats - or sneakers? - beach, mountains, meadow, pool...gear.

Getting dressed. Going where? What to wear? White after Labor Day? Winter white? Pastels, prints, stripes, polka dots. Matching socks.


No, life ain't simple. But oh yes, it's good.

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  1. I enjoyed your post, especially the comment about the free radicals!

  2. Your post started out so simple! What happened? Oh, life happened. ;)



  3. Well said. It's a funny thing how life can get so complicated starting from the most basic desires. Yes it is good even in the times when it is so far away from simple.