Simplifying is one of the best attraction techniques out there. When we eliminate the complexities of life, the constant rushing around and the busyness of life, than we can see what is really important and design our lives and that. When we create space in our lives, we attract all sorts of wonderful opportunities.
Here is a great quote from Elaine St. James’ book, Living the Simple Life:
“One of the things that made it possible for me to keep going at high speed until I simplified my life was an innate ability to race through my day on automatic pilot. I think this is true for a lot of us.”
She points out that we’re used to rolling out of bed in the morning, dashing through the shower, eating breakfast while reading the paper, packing the kids off to school, driving to work on automatic while thinking about everything else, going through our work day, etc. Then back home again we fall into an evening routine, dinner, clean up, television, all on automatic. And, while weekends might present some break from the routine, we end up going to the same restaurants, see the same people, and go to the same places.
St. James points out that “Living on automatic pilot is often what makes it possible for us to do all the things we feel we have to do. We squeeze into our days new chores or commitments, adding another errand here, another lunch date there, without considering whether we really have the time to do them, let alone the desire.”
Her solution: put some air in back in your days so you can take the scenic route to work and enjoy the drive or have a leisurely breakfast with the family instead of a rushed scramble. The key is to eliminate the tasks and activities that you don’t really enjoy and orient your life around your real pleasures.
If we simply run through life on automatic pilot, we aren’t really present and we aren’t really enjoying life. We are just passing through. In my own life, I’ve noticed that I’m not enjoying our morning routines and in fact, get quite irritable with my daughter. No matter how much time we have, we always seem harried and rushed at the last minute getting the girls to nursery school. And evening meals can be a harrowing experience as well as we seem to rush through our meal so we can clean up and get the kids in the bath and read the stories. These are the two most precious times of the day.
This week, simplify a few things so that you have some breathing room in your schedule (try hiding the TV for just one week) and then start to consider how else you might simplify your life.
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