Simplicity


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Simple you may think
Simple it may be
Ordinary moments
Hold more than one can see
A husband’s touch
(I’m loved)
A mother’s kiss
(I’m safe)
A child’s laugh
(there’s wonder)
A listening ear
(someone cares)
We make things so complicated
When there really is no need
Simplicity, simplicity
Your calling I will heed

Do you think we tend to make things too complicated? If yes, why do you think that is?

Do you value simplicity? What are some of the simple things in life that you enjoy?

Photo credit: Brandi Wood

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27 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. Lovely poem, my friend.

    Complicate things? Moi? lol. I could complicate an ice cube or a toothpick. That’s how I always rolled. I try not to do that these days. Keeping it simple is more effort than it seems.
    The simpler I can live my life and shed the things that no longer serve me, the more serenity I capture. That’s the idea at least…I can’t say that it happens all the time. But that’s the learning curve for me 🙂

    Beautifully stated, Staci!

    Paul

    • “I could complicate an ice cube or a toothpick.” Hahahahaha. My husband says to me, “Remember Staci, get all worried and freak out before you need to.” He’s very ‘pe no chão’, which in English means ‘feet on the floor”. Very level headed. Good thing. I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like if I married someone similar to me (over analytical about the simplest of things, strong feeler – so much so that it is really difficult to see things logically when I’m in the middle of the feeling). Anyhow, I agree with you that it takes more effort than it seems. And we all, in some way or another are on a learning curve I think.
      Blessings Paul and thank you. =)
      Staci

  2. I think that people have a tendency to complicate matters because their belief is that more complicated is more valuable. This is most evident at work, where people will try to improve their position by making their job more complicated than it needs to be. Some people prefer complicated relationships, or drama as I like to call it. 🙂 Some of the simple things in life that I enjoy is playing catch with my kids, tending the garden in the summer, or simply strumming my guitar by the fireplace.

    • Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. Also, oftentimes people think that the more complicated a topic or subject of conversation is, the more valuable.
      Oh yes, summer is coming for you northern hemisphere people eh. We are coming to the end of ours (which really doesn’t mean much because I still sit here at my computer in a sleeveless dress feeling hot and sweating). You must be excited about getting to your oasis of a garden eh. And that great pool too. I’d be. Oh, you have a fireplace. Sounds nice. We don’t have much use for one here. Can’t complain though because the sun does wonders for the serotonin levels in my brain.
      Thanks for sharing Rob.
      =)

      • Yes, I must agree. I’m so not a winter person. Me and the cold don’t mix too well. My in-laws came to Canada to spend Christmas the year before last and it snowed a ton and was never sunny. My mother-in-law had never seen snow and it was their first time out of South America. She was filming the whole time and taking pictures and even in tears thinking it was so beautiful. Meanwhile everybody else was cursing it. hahaha.
        I love living here. I love being a four hour drive to the closest tropical, warm beach. Can’t complain.
        =)

      • The closest I’ve come to South America was Aruba. I’ve always wanted to see the Rio Negro, as I’ve raised fish from that region (Discus and Uaru). Seems like Paradise.

    • Well happy Family Day then David and family. I don’t remember when it is in BC, but I know that it exists there now too. Who knows, maybe it’s the same day. I’ll have to ask my mom.
      =)

  3. lovely. just lovely. =)

    i totally, we often make things too complicated. i forget to acknowledge and be grateful for the simple things.

    simple things i’m thankful for are welcoming smiles from coworkers, serene morning bus/train rides past snow covered trees and old towns, a warm cup of tea that i sip at work that whisks me into to the tops of mountains in china (even though i’m actually sitting at a desk and burdened with the inability to meet the basic health needs of the community.)

    • Thank you so much for your input. It’s so nice to be appreciative of the little things eh.
      Ummmmm, the tops of mountains in China. Sounds nice. I’ve been to China twice and would go back again in a heartbeat.
      Blessings =)
      Staci
      p.s. Are you living in China?

      • hahhaa. far from it. i just enjoy drinking chinese tea which makes me FEEL like i’m in those mountains. =) however i visited beijing a few months ago and it was great. would love to visit more of the rural and countryside towns and get away from big congested cities though.

    • Bem falado Manoel. Muito bom mesmo. As melhoras coisas são as coisas mais simples. A natureza e tirando um tempo para aprecia-la é tudo de bom.
      Blessings to you =)

  4. beautiful….
    i gave up ‘complicated’ a while back – simplicity works best for me now! jamming with life, day to day, open, excited, learning to accept whatever emerges or unfolds….I love the simple, the ordinary moments, so precious 🙂

  5. Olá Staci. Gostei bastante! Esse é um tema que me agrada muito. Penso também que a mídia, o mercado, etc, conspiram contra a simplicidade. A felicidade hoje está sempre aliada a aquisição de coisas, conquista de pessoas segundo padrões estabelecidos. Quando na verdade, o que importa na vida é muito simples e não está à venda. É um exercício pra vida toda tentar ver as coisas simples e valorosas.
    Grande abraço e parabéns pelo post.

    • Olá Adriano. Muito obrigada. Pois é, este tema me agrada demais. Eu acho que, como seres humanos, a gente tem a tendência de complicar as coisas e ir aos extremos. Você falou tudo quando mencionou a questão do mídia e o mercado. Consumismo e estatus social estão sentados nos tronos dos corações de muitas pessoas, pelo menos no mundo occidente. E eu concordo totalmente com você: “o que importa na vida é muito simples e não está a venda.”
      Um grande abraço Adriano e muito obrigada pelo comentário.
      =)

  6. I think many of us make things more complicated for ourselves than they really need to be, so much so that we often lose sight of what is most important to us. Sometimes the greatest feelings come from the simplest of actions.

    In regards to enjoying simple things: you can’t beat a good cup of coffee!

    Heather xxx

    • There’s a reason why they say, “keep it simple stupid”. We need to be reminded. Human beings have this tendency to complicate things way too much, don’t you think?

      I share your appreciation of coffee. And speaking of such, I think I’ll just go and make myself one now.

      =)
      Staci
      p.s. Things are going great with Caue at the school. Using the dinosaurs and making that a focus is really helping.

      • I think we all seem to overthink things – look how many times I’ve used the word ‘think’ in just one sentence! We need to go with the flow more often and let our brains take a back seat while the heart drives for a while.

        I love a good coffee and for me it is one of life’s simple pleasures. A day without good coffee doesn’t bear thinking about….

        I am so glad to hear that your son is doing well at school, this is great news! Using dinosaurs as a learning aid for him seems to be really benefiting him. Sometimes using the indirect approach with children on the autistic spectrum can help them to bridge the educational and social gaps that they might otherwise struggle with. Using something he is comfortable with takes some of the anxiety away from situations that might otherwise upset him and cause a negative reaction. Keep doing what you’re doing for your son, you’re doing great!

        Heather xxx

      • Hi Heather
        “We need to go with the flow more often and let our brains take a back seat while the heart drives for a while.”
        –I was just thinking about this sort of thing this morning. I like to have my morning cup of coffee while having a quiet time. I was reading something from the Bible where Mary was absolutely emotional and elated. It made me think about how we, as humans, have both mind and emotion, and that we really need to find a balance between the two. I need to think logically about things and not make big decisions out of feelings, but at the same time, God gave us a soul, where we are able to feel and have emotions. People are funny, don’t you think. We go to extremes. I think the key is balance.

        “I love a good coffee and for me it is one of life’s simple pleasures.”
        –Oh my goodness, I hear you there. I share your appreciation for a good cup of coffee. Was it you that did a blog post on coffee once, not too long ago? Can you believe my husband is Brazilian and he can’t stand coffee? I swear, he should have been born in Canada and I should of been born in Brazil. hehehe

        Yes, I really am happy about how things are going so far this year at school. He came home yesterday with a Tyrannosaurus book that his teacher gave him. Really sweet of her. His desk is right in front of her desk and yesterday she told me that he puts his desk right together with hers, leaving no space at all. When she tried to back her desk up, he just went forward. That’s the only way he wants his desk. Such a funny, sweet little guy.

        Thanks so much for your encouragement Heather. I really appreciate it.

        Blessings =)
        Staci

      • I totally agree that in order to find peace and happiness we need to find a balance between our heart and mind. It’s just a shame that trying to find that balance is nigh-on impossible, although I suppose if we had all the answers life would be too easy and that there would be nothing to challenge us or for us to challenge.

        Yes, it was I who waxed lyrical about the joys of a good cup of coffee! It was really meant as more of a whimsical piece than anything and an ode to my favourite beverage. I honestly think that good coffee makes the world go round and that there would be a great many more unhappy people in the world without it. I rarely drink and don’t smoke, coffee is the only vice that I have 🙂

        I am so happy to hear that Caue is doing well, with you in his corner I am sure that he will continue to flourish. Please tell the little guy I said ‘hi’ and that he should be very proud of his mommy.

        You’re very welcome re the encouragement, I think you’re doing a great job not only with your son but your blog too!

        Heather xxx

  7. Beautiful poem! I do think we make things more complicated than they have to be. I think a lot of this has to do with the fast paced, busy world we live in. There’s so much going on and we’re all trying to accomplish so much. Of course, it’s easy to blame it on the world – hehe! Celeste 🙂

    • Thank you Celeste. And yes, you’ve made a good point. We really do live in a fast paced society, trying to accomplish more than 24 hours a day allows us. I also think that we, as human beings tend you take things to the extreme. Maybe over analyse things, people, emotions, circumstances, etc.
      Blessings =)
      Staci

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  9. I absolutely believe that we make things too difficult. Life really isn’t as hard as we make it out to be. As mentioned in my last post, we choose to love. We also choose not to love. We also choose how to live. Our life and how good we want it to be, is truly up to us.

    • We are such silly people sometimes. We complicate things too much. And often take things to extremes.
      Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
      And it’s so true, we do ‘choose’ to love or not to love, and how to live or not to live.
      🙂
      p.s. I mentioned on your last post that I sent you the wrong link. You’ll see the right one on your blog post.
      🙂

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