Simplifying seems like it should be, well --- simple.
I can attest to the fact that it most definitely is not. My life needs to be simplified in so many ways that I am sometimes overwhelmed by it all. However, knowing that it has taken me a lot of years to complicate my life to this point, I am giving myself permission to start small, to move slowly and to celebrate the small triumphs I make.
One of those little triumphs came a couple of weeks ago, when I was able to sit down and identify the things that really matter the most to me. Inspired by the book, Simplify Your Life, I decided to give myself some time to think. Early on a Sunday morning, I headed out the door, armed with a pen, a notebook, scriptures and a copy of one of my favorite talks, Of Things That Matter Most. Within an hour I had identified the things that matter to me, and several ways I could work to prioritize those areas.
Yet, what I learned is not nearly as important as how I learned -- by slowing down. It is amazing what you discover when you turn down the volume of your life and take one hour to listen and to feel. Inspiration comes. The answers to challenges come. The question is, how often do we give ourselves those uninterrupted moments?
So here is the challenge - take one hour this week to just think. You need to be free of distractions - no kids, cell phones, computers, work tasks, or any other type of interruptions. One hour with nothing to do but consider your life. You will be amazed at what happens.