Simplification. Is this a catch phrase or is there logic behind it? In business, absolutely. How about in our personal lives? We add more and more, do more and more, schedule more and more. Life is short we tell ourselves, we must get the most out of every day. But seriously...doesn't that wear us down, break us down, and perhaps even shorten that life that is already too short. Can we do too much? Plan too much? Heck yeah, we can! I'm at that point!
This year has included so much outside the normal work schedule and family items. There was refinancing the house, getting all new windows, new shades, new furniture, painting two rooms, repainting a room, and the entire exterior being painted. Take a breath...now, we've attended multiple MLB baseball games, basketball tournaments, planning football games, hosted cookouts, attended cookouts, and went camping. Whew! Oh yeah, don't forget a vacation to two states, anniversary trip coming up, out of town surgery, and a conference for work.
Every single bit of that has been, or will be, great! Even the surgery as I've work towards that for almost a full year as well. I'm tired. I can't blame anyone else for my exhaustion. We do these things to ourselves. What next? That's right, simplification.
Next year will be...plan much less, say no a little more, let a little more of my life be unplanned and explore a tad more. Yes, simplification. That's my promise to myself...my goal for my sanity. Yes, it will still be blessed and full of fun and excitement, but it shall be much less planned, chaotic, and demanding. The grill will get used more. The alarm clock will get used less.
Yes, scaling and cutting back is the way it has to be. Simplify to amplify...that's 2015 for me. How about you?