Friday Fodder – Simplicity

Once upon a time…

A billionaire property mogul suffered heavily with respiratory ailments, tight chest and heart-related issues. He sought advice from several dozen specialists, but no one could figure out what was actually wrong or how to help him. He had tried all manner of drugs and therapies – even experimental ones. Results were minimal and short-lived. At his wits end, he surrendered and decided to try an alternative therapy.

At the Colour of Wellness Centre, Stephanie – the Aura-Soma practitioner – advised the man to only focus on the colour green for the next 3 months.

After a few weeks, Stephanie visited the mogul’s mansion. Her jaw dropped as the door opened and she stepped into a brand new, jade-tiled entry.. A huge emerald chandelier sparkled over a green carpeted staircase. Luxurious green fixtures complimented elegant green fittings. The butler, dressed in green from head-to-toe handed Stephanie a green jumpsuit and slippers to change into before meeting the mogul.

Stephanie met the man in a green lounge with a green fireplace, producing green flame. He was drinking Absinthe out of a reservoir glass, leaning against a green pillar, gazing out the window to a wall of recently planted leafy green trees. Stephanie asked about the change in his home. The man exclaimed that he was only following her instructions.

Bewildered, Stephanie asked why he couldn’t simply buy green glasses to change his view rather than changing the entire world around him.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

Moral of the Story:

People often assume change will be large, complex and difficult, so they often ignore the simple changes that can be made easily. They tend to associate complexity with deeper meaning, so they go to great lengths overcomplicate even the simplest of tasks. Then, after precious time has been wasted, it is eventually realised that simplicity is the key to everything. It’s a simple solution. You change one thing, and suddenly you’ve changed everything. The simpler we keep things, the more successful we will be. It’s as simple as that.

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. 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

Affirmation: I allow things to be simple and clear.

As I unclutter my life, I free myself to follow my life’s purpose. I find peace and joy in elegantly simple solutions. All difficulties I encounter are quickly broken down into simplicities. I am worthy and deserving of effortless clarity. My ideas are worth being shared. I do what I can from where I am with what I have. I am far more powerful and contain more potential than any circumstance, situation or condition. All the answers lie within me. I am successful in all my endeavours. I am the master of my destiny. I find joy in creating simple solutions. I am always in the right place at the right time. My ideas are unique and brilliant. I am an expert problem solver.

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

— Lao Tzu


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