The Secret to Stress Relief, Simplicity
:02 read “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible.” ~George Burns
And, the same standard should apply to a blog post, right? I’ve accepted a challenge to write shorter posts and post more often. I’m anxious to hear what you think. The holidays are approaching and we’re accelerating into Mach 5 with our hair on fire. It’s a downhill slide from here out and we’ve got an insane amount of stuff to jam into the 41 days left in 2016. Because of that, I’ll be brief. You’re welcome.
Simplicity, A Worthy Value We Need to Embrace Right Now
Simplicity. Transformation happens when we choose to simplify. As we approach the holidays, we’re being fooled to believe that more is more. Magazines, television ads and Facebook have created a false illusion that perfection is the only path to joy. The turkey needs to be glistening and beautifully brown, our table splendidly set. The pies must be homemade of course, piled high with whipped cream and artfully dusted with just a touch of nutmeg.
Quick! In the twinkling of an eye, we’ve got to speed shift into full-bore Christmas mode. As fast as we can dry the platters and put away the gravy boat, we rush into decking the halls with the trendiest of festive decor. Frantically we comb through Pinterest for clever, coordinated gift wrap ideas and the chicest outfits for the office party. Folks, the pressure we put on ourselves is brutal and unnecessary.
Each of us must consider ways to simplify, slow down and savor the days ahead. I did not come here to steal your joy! If baking cookies and making candy gives you good feelings, do it!! Does it simply wear you out? Then don’t! If your vintage Christmas decor makes your eyes happy, enjoy it! If displaying it becomes a chore, consider how to minimize your efforts.
I encourage you to give some thought to the things you can happily eliminate. The stress to impress is simply not worth it. Simplifying things will help you maintain your energy and cheer. Remember this, a cheerful, calm and rested demeanor is far more attractive than even the most beautifully-appointed home. Simplicity is wisdom. Contentment is a gift. Try to find the “simple” that is right for you.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein