Simplicity

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If it’s working, keep doing it.

If it’s not working stop doing it.
If you’d don’t know what to do, don’t do anything.
-Dr. Melvin Konner

 

 

In our attempt to make things simpler, the world has grown exponentially complex. I find myself lost in a web of confusion, standing still not knowing where to go, because my mind is jammed up with to much “stuff.” Sometimes I feel like everyone knows how all these things work but me. Such a weird feeling, the explosion of technology and gadgets, and how we really don’t have much of a choice but to be plugged into society. It’s a funny feeling knowing that everything I say, and where I go, is recorded. It’s weird knowing that I can be seen from outer space by satellites.

Maybe things have always been this way, when I step back and look at evolution taking place. Subconsciously we are programed to advance ourselves, every species has to do it if they are to survive. If they do not evolve, they will die.

On a personal scale though, I know that if people keep themselves too busy, trying to keep up with the maddening pace of society, it is not healthy physiologically.

So I am going to evolve myself, by slowing down. By not thinking so much, and simplifying life. I am going to evolve by turning down my conscious patter, and learn how to be satisfied and appreciative of what I have, instead of what I don’t. I am going to evolve by giving away a lot of my possessions, because keeping a hold onto so many things is stressful, and less is easier. I’m going to evolve by getting off the computer and start taking walks in nature, and being thankful for the moment.

Iv’e realized that gadgets, like the mind, can work for you or against you. Through the internet we have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and thousands of apps. It is an invention that has taken the world by storm, and is nothing short of incredible. But like anything, it is only a tool. Some of the loneliest people I know have thousands of friends on Facebook and other sites.

The greatest social site I have ever seen, is not through the computer at all. It is you plugging yourself into the outside world, and connecting with people on a deeper level. It is smiling at the stranger, bowling with a group of friends, or sharing a laugh with colleagues. Every time you talk to a new person, your mind creates thousands of new neural connections, because it is so alive with activity. It is not just what they say, but who they are, all the tons of little nuances of the non-verbal mixed in with the mysterious connections that we may never fully understand. It is the tingly nervousness of this new person because there is no hiding behind a screen. Have you ever heard of love at first site through an internet connection?

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