Striving for Simplicity

“Simplicity is always compelling.“

-Scott Adams

‘Black with Color Texture’ by Ana

We often have a tendency to overcomplicate things simply because it makes us feel more useful. If we have more to do, we feel like we have purpose. So, we spend a lot of time and effort creating more for ourselves to do.

What if, instead, we put that same effort and energy into simplifying our lives in such a way that we actually have less to do? Isn’t this where freedom is found, in having less to do and having more time? Time, after all, is the only non-renewable resource we have. Shouldn’t that be what we are working to have more of, instead of working to create more work?

Our goal should be to simplify where we can, to reduce complexity wherever possible. Some problems in life are naturally complex and difficult in their very nature. By simplifying other areas of our lives, we can face and solve the these truly complex and truly difficult challenges with more focus, clarity, and fewer distractions.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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