October 7


Today's Quotation:

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.

Woman's Home Companion (1935)

Today's Meditation:

It's kind of funny that every generation sees the world's condition as more complex, fast-paced, busy, unfriendly.  Some of the words that we read from hundreds or even thousands of years ago could have been written by someone today who's distressed by the hectic lifestyles that we live and the number of obligations that we all have.

The writer of these words, though, is well aware of the most important personal response to what goes on in our lives.  We don't need to make our lives more complex if we want to get the most out of life.  In fact, the "joyful simplicities" are more likely to give us peace and comfort than are the many, many things available to us every day.  We don't need to read every paper and see every newscast to hear the same news over and over.  We don't need the most expensive car with the most complex toys.  We don't need to fill our lives with meetings and clubs and committees.

We do need peace, though, if we're to maintain our physical and emotional and mental health.  And peace can be found only in the simple things-- a walk in the forest, a good book on a rainy day, nice music by the fireplace, a good cup of coffee or tea and plenty of time to drink it and enjoy it.  Spending time with a friend or a family member (without actually doing anything), or even sitting quietly by oneself doing nothing-- all are ways of helping to strengthen the peace that lives inside of us, but that we ignore so much.

In a world that encourages us to make our lives more complex, there's much to be said for simplicity.  And most of what can be said works to our benefit, if only we give it the chance to be a major part of our lives rather than just an afterthought.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How high a priority is simplicity in your life?

2.  What kinds of things give you the most peace?

3.  Why does our world continually encourage us to lead more complex lives?

For further thought:

How many undervalue the power of simplicity!  But it is the real key to the heart.

William Wordsworth

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