“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
- Albert Einstein
Upon hearing this quote at a conference I attended last week, I knew it had to be our Monday Mantra. I am afraid that simplicity can be misunderstood. Simplicity is often equated with weakness when weighed against complexity; the former associated with the easier route and the latter with the harder journey. But for many of us living in the fast-paced world of technology, 24/7 lifestyles, and consumer culture, I would argue the reverse might require some investigation for balance.
What if we defined simplicity as pulling back to the essentials? Wouldn’t we all be on board for that? Simple living requires organization and making choices. Simplicity asks for focus and discipline.
The Fall season is about to begin this week. Fall energies boost us to harvest and prepare, and in our inspired enthusiasm, sometimes we can take on way too much. Perhaps this adage can inspire you to embark on those Fall projects with measured restraint, keeping the natural work mode of the season simple and focused.