“Living simply is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
The Natural Awakenings motto is, "Feel good, live simply and laugh
more." I’ve adopted it as my own,
and it’s the reminder I share at the end of this letter each month. But I have
been so intent on achievement, productivity and success for the majority of my
life and career that I’m struggling with what simplification looks like for me.
lifetime, the pace and intensity of daily living seems to have increased
dramatically. Maybe life was even more stressful in prior generations for prehistoric
humans fighting to survive daily, civilizations battling plaques, invasions and
ruthless monarchs or all the strife, turmoil and challenges we’ve faced in the
relatively short history of the United States. Yet, with all the challenges of
living throughout history, a case can be made that all the trappings and
consequences of modern-day living have resulted in a more complex and
psychologically challenging existence today, more than ever before.
hurls the globe into an even more intense and challenging future as we
contemplate our mortality and consider our purpose for being here, perhaps
there’s still time to reflect and take action toward living in a simpler and
more meaningful way.
simply may be a gateway to uncovering deeper meaning because it invites each of
us to evaluate what really matters on a personal basis. Rather than blindly chasing
the proverbial American dream, laden with financial achievement and material
possessions, how much more rewarding and valuable could our journey be with
“more time, more money and more freedom to live a more meaningful life,” where
that ultimate meaning is self-defined? That question is inspired by the blog TheMinimalist.com, and is referenced in
this month’s feature article.
simply can be accomplished in a lot of ways, and is unique for each of us. Not
only can it impact our personal journey toward more time, money and freedom, it
can also contribute to positively impacting nature, climate and the shrinking
world around us. Whether it is decluttering a room, moving to a more restful
locale, buying from a local farmer or working for sustainable corporate reform—by
turning to simpler, sustainable and more conscious ways of living, we can
collectively have a positive impact, because we all ultimately strive for the
same thing—to feel good, live simply and laugh more.