What To Do When Life Is So Complicated?

Have you heard of an animal that complains about not having enough money?

Have you heard of an insect that suffers from too much stress?

Have you heard of a fish that lives in pain due to a broken relationship?

Probably, only human beings live a complicated life.

I believe the main reason why our life is so complicated is that …

… we have increasing needs.

When you have more needs, you add more complexity to your life.

Most people never have enough. They always look for more. That’s why we suffer too much.

You can enjoy life to the max by appreciating life’s simple pleasures.

Pleasure is always there. Richness is always there. Fulfillment is always there. And they are all handy to those who figure out how to enjoy more with less.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits says, “Want little, and you are not poor”.

Reducing the complexity of life and enjoying more with less start by following these two important steps:

1. Focus

Focus on the small things that will bring you joy. Focus on the path that will bring you the greatest fulfillment. Focus on the idea that will bring you enough money.

Limit your focus to the few things that maximize your life experience.

Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist says, “Pursue your greatest passions in life by owning fewer possessions”

If you want to increase your passion, decrease your possessions.

Limit your focus to the moment … to the now.

“Begin at once to live and count each separate day as a separate life” – Seneca.

A new day equals a new life.

Limit your focus to one day at a time. Start each day with the intention to maximize your experience on that day. Do crazy things. Do something new. Learn something new.

Limit your focus to the experience, not the possession.

2. Minimize

Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman philosopher, explained human needs in a simple brilliant way.

He said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

That’s a super simple view of our needs.

In Cicero’s point of view, human needs are boiled down to two symbols: a garden and a library.

What do you think these symbols represent?

A garden could be: food, home, health, recreation, beauty, entertainment, family gatherings, etc.

A library could be: knowledge, skills, history, fun, achievements, good book, etc.

Whatever the symbol means to you, look at each day and ask yourself:

  • Do I have my own garden?
  • Do I have my own library?

If yes, then you own the world. Cheer up and maximize your joy.

If no, think again. Because, I believe there can’t be a ‘NO’ answer to these questions.

We all have our gardens and our libraries. The point is that we took them for granted. That’s why we can’t enjoy the simple pleasures of life. And we keep on searching for complicated versions of pleasures.

Unfortunately, we unnecessarily complicate our lives.

The way out is easy

Pause and reflect.

Focus on the moment.

Find your garden and library.

Maximize your joy and experience every day.

If you do that, you will reduce the complexity of your life and move towards a natural, simplified version with maximized pleasures.

 

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6 Responses to What To Do When Life Is So Complicated?

  1. catherine rose stevens June 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    What a great article and a new way to look at simplicity.
    I had been thinkg just the other day of slowing down even more
    to enjoy each day. thanks

    • Mohamed Tohami June 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Great! Slowing down is key to regain your inner simplicity and peace.

  2. Kimberley June 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Just returned on island from a short holiday. It is always amazing to me how “holidays” can inspire, motivate and boost your spirit for the return home. I spent time with a family member who always has to have the latest and greatest, even though it might not be applicable to the life they lead. A kind of “keep up with the Joneses” lifestyle that leaves her with digital cameras, dvds, clothing, accessories, blackberries, appliances etc. that never even come out of the boxes. Your article summed it up in this sentence, “Most people never have enough”. I was filled with gratitude for the way I live my life when I returned. I don’t want my life to look like one big petrie dish of clutter to be examined by those I leave behind.

    • Mohamed Tohami June 14, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Great reflection Kimberley. Welcome back :) Traveling never stops inspiring people. It always lifts up my spirit and broadens my view to the world.

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