I’ve always liked the quote from Confucius , “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it more complicated.” I like this quote because it reminds me of all the layers man puts on top of the basics of life.
This morning, I was standing out on the lake house deck listening to the birds and watching the wind blow a pinwheel. All of a sudden, it occurred to me to stop and drink the miracle of the moment. When you stop and think about it, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff that has to work in harmony just to make a beautiful Easter Sunday happen. You start thinking about the big forces, like gravity and magnetism, and honestly, you start to become amazed you’re here at all.
So what does all this have to do with overcomplicating life?
The thought I had while watching the pinwheel was regardless of what happens with my Life Coaching career, or if I ever become ever rich and famous, the wind will continue to blow, the Earth will continue to spin, and the Sun will continue to shine. Some would take this as a depressing thought – that we are all insignificant and our lives are meaningless. Instead, I choose to take it as a reminder to take my issues a little less seriously.
It reminds me to think about what’s really important in life. Life, family, food, shelter, my wife, my son, happiness, making an impact in the world, helping others, compassion, love, laughter, life – none of these things are dependent on owning a nice car, having nice clothes or living in a big house. So I take a moment to give the nine bows of gratitude to the wind, the sun, and the rest of nature for reminding me of what’s really important. Gassho _/|\_