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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by Jeremy Day of Insight Writer.
Simplicity, a word I love and cherish. When life starts to pile on the difficulty, I turn to my friend simplicity to help take some of the burden away. I prefer to travel light in this world, and aim to keep it that way.
People are often the reason our lives are heavy, the root cause of our difficult lives, and the reason why many people such as Henry David Thoreau fled for wilderness. To shake off every weight society tries to place on them. Some never return, some come back with a deeper sense of self, respect for life, and increased capability to live by simpler means.
People have their opinions of course. They love to share what they think about your body, thoughts, choice of friends or spouse, your car, your job, the amount of money you make, products you use (or don’t). Or even what you should be doing with your life.
That’s right, I said stop listening and caring what others think. People share truths, half-truths, white lies, outright lies, and irrelevance. This does not bode well for the truth we all crave or need to hear.
We all live in community, with friends, family, and people we respect. We all want to listen, interact, and use what we discuss to better our own lives. This is the reason I am writing this today.
Truth is hard to find, and many well meaning people set you down an improper path. Not knowing the truth makes your life more complex. And knowing the truth is what will set you free.
Here are some ways to start living a simpler life:
1. Recognize an opinion when you see it. It doesn’t matter whether the opinion came from a scum bag marketeer or your best friend. Simply recognize it for what it is.
2. Ask yourself a few questions. Is this truth, a half-truth, a white lie, an outright lie, or totally irrelevant to my situation? I believe the scariest one in the mix is the half-truth because these are the ones that really have the potential to hide in your mind like a ticking time bomb and explode at the most inopportune time.
3. If this is anything but truth, consider your course. If it comes from someone you don’t respect the answer is easy. If it comes from a friend, not so much. In my book, truth outweighs feelings, but the other half of the population feels that feelings are more important. I don’t have the answer, except to say you should keep truth in the equation.
These are drastic changes for some, but everything can be taken in baby steps. Perhaps you can warn your friends that you plan on listening to everyone’s opinion less, though you still respect them. This shouldn’t be a hard communication to have.
With time and practice you will gain more clarity and insight, start to recognize the truth more and more, and your life won’t feel so heavy. Most importantly perhaps, you will accomplish your goal of having more simplicity in your life.