It's simple. Life is complicated.
I knew I needed to write this week but, I wanted it to be simple. In fact, the topic I had chosen to write about was simplicity.
And honestly, I love simplicity. I mean I really really do. I'll prove it:
I keep my pantries and closets lean and always purge old stuff before buying new stuff. Or maybe that's just because too much stuff freaks me out and makes me want to hyperventilate.
Okay, so what about this:
I prefer picture instructions, working on a smart phone, shopping online, and texting over talking on the phone. Or maybe that's because I have a lazy streak and am an introvert.
Let's go in this direction:
I like structure, lots of structure, unless I'm not feeling the structure. Then I want flexibility, lots of flexibility.
Oh and I like to give details, lots and lots of details, to build up to any point that I'm making unless I'm mad at you or am just feeling blah. Then I'd don't want to talk. I mean like nothing; no eye contact; no words; nothing.
And ... I like to talk things over, ponder deeply, and look at every single angle before moving forward unless it's eating chocolate. Then I just go for it; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Belgium chocolate, chocolate chocolate .... ummm
Oh yeah, back to writing. Where was I? Yes, simplicity.
Those all sound pretty simple, right?
Okay, so I proved nothing to you except that I can be really complicated, but can't we all? Isn't life an ever changing, refining fire that we are continually adjusting to day by day, week by week, and year by year?
We are continually learning, growing, and adapting to who we are becoming. It's never ending.
Now, I could turn this all around and leave you with a sweet clique like: "Life is simple, all you need is love." Then send you about your day, but that's not true. Neither, life nor real love are simple. Both require work, and both require grace (two more non-simple things).
So maybe life isn't simple, but I have some good news for you. We are all in it together.
Since life is a collaboration, why don't we make it a group effort to show love and offer grace. Then when one of us messes it up (and we will), there will be another one of us awesome complicated people there to help.
Now, take your complicated self in the world and make it great!