Simple but not easy
We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s that simple.” This seems to imply that whatever they’re talking about will be easy. HA!
The dictionary defines the two as follows:
• Simple = easy to understand, deal with, use, etc. /not complicated
• Easy = not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort
While at first glance they may seem the same (note that “easy” is in the definition of simple) they are very different.
For example, I taught my granddaughter to float last summer. While I explained the steps to her, and she understood the concept, getting her to relax enough to stay afloat was no easy task.
With practice she was able to float all by herself before the end of the summer.
Many things in life are simple but often not easy. I hear people say they long for a simpler lifestyle? Hmmm, do they really? Back at the beginning of this country life was certainly simpler, but those people worked hard just to survive.
I wonder if people really long for an easier lifestyle. Hmmm, many of us have it easy. We have cars, dishwashers, microwaves, computers, cell phones, all the modern technology and modern medicines.
Perhaps what folks are truly longing for is a less stressful lifestyle. Ah-HA! We may have hit the nail on the head.
I can explain all the terrible things that stress can do in your life. I can even explain ways to relieve some of that stress. That part is simple. The hard part is the lifestyle change. The key to making change easy is to start small.
Need work life balance? You could start going to work late and leaving early, although your boss may not like that idea. Or… you could watch an hour less of television and interact with your family. Maybe have a weekly game night!
Start small, little changes at a time, changes that aren’t too painful and you can stick to. A less stressful life isn’t about going on vacation. It’s about a lifestyle change for a more relaxed you.
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