Simplicity Makes an Ordinary Person Extraordinary
Simplicity is the language that comes from the heart, without understanding or seeking falsehood. It’s the will to respect other people as you would yourself, and leading a life where you accept and celebrate everything that you have, no matter how small it is.
It’s true that we’re not used to seeing acts that are full of simplicity and humility in our day to day lives. Most people have very high aspirations, big dreams, and distant customs from those pure and basic acts that define humility.
Nevertheless, many of us will gradually come to a point at which, suddenly, our view of life changes.
It is at this time when you decide to strip away many of your “layers” to return to your essence, your place of origin. You began to practice simplicity of the heart and found that you were happy with it.
Today we invite you to reflect on this subject in greater detail.
Simplicity, that costly goal to reach
Simplicity has nothing to do with whether you’re a good or a bad parson. You all know very well how important it is to treat others with respect, to act with dignity, and to practice reciprocity.
But simplicity is a more complex dimension, which in turn relies on some aspects of psychology that are worth remembering.
The simplicity of thought
- Simplicity of thought isn’t just simple reasoning skills. On the contrary: it’s the ability to see things as they truly are with full objectivity.
- There are people who view reality and the behaviors of others according to their own beliefs. They choose to judge and label those around them. People with simplicity of thought, on the other hand, have the ability to see things “as they are,” accepting things that they may not agree with.
- Being able to see things objectively and realistically allows you to act with more poise and confidence. It’s a healthy virtue that you should always remember.
We recommend reading “Learning to be selfish“
The gift of not being attached to anything
It’s important to first define what we mean by attachment. Children, for example, are attached to the feelings of love and safety that they receive from their parents.
- Each member of a couple also needs to feel attached to their partner, although we’re talking about a healthy attachment, not a toxic or controlling one.
- Meanwhile, people who live with simplicity don’t need to feel attached to physical things, don’t want to accumulate more than what they already have, and avoid growing so attached to another person that they lose their freedom, their essence, or their identity.
- People who live with simplicity are “as they are” and know how to “let it be.” They don’t want to impose their ideas on others, resist passing judgment, don’t discriminate, and never try to control anything or anyone.
Being in tune with yourself to enjoy your surroundings and other people
The most direct route to accepting who you are is to know yourself, understand the fears that define you, identify your strengths, and recognize your limitations.
- Believe it or not, this is a concept that not everyone usually understands. Self-acceptance is the first step toward cultivating positive and nurturing relationships.
- A person who accepts who they are can accept others, without expecting them to fill in the gaps, raise their self-esteem, or brighten your day when it’s filled with fear.
- People who are humble don’t expect anything from anyone and expect everything from themselves. This is how they can offer their best to those around them, avoiding those classic disappointments that so many of us tend to experience.
See also “Relationships: 7 things beyond love“
The road to simplicity
In the beginning we said that most people will take that initial step toward humility at some point in their lives.
- It happens because you begin to feel overwhelmed by our world that is characterized by competition and the rapid pace that distances you from the most important things: your welfare, being calm, serenity, friendships, family, and – of course – yourself.
- Something as essential as remembering that “less is more” can help you prioritize what will truly make you happy.
- Acts of simplicity are those that are honest in feeling and pure of heart – the caress of a loved one, the laughter of your children, a conversation with friends, a walk on the beach, doing someone a favor without asking for anything in return.
No doubt that somewhere around you there are people who are simple and unique souls that enrich your life. Don’t lose them: they are lights that shine in the midst of this complex modern world, and will serve as examples and inspiration to you.
They are beacons of humility in this rich emotional world that can help illuminate your path. It’s worth trying to be like them.