The Simplest, Hardest Things

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Exercise every day. Do what you love. Say please and thank you. Take ten deep breaths when you’re upset. Smile at everyone you meet. Stay present with the people you love.

The Simplest, Hardest Things >> Life In Limbo

Have you ever noticed that the simplest things can be the hardest to do? I seem to notice this daily, especially when I have forgotten (yet again) to clean out the cat’s litter box or text someone back or stretch. Simple things! Hard to do.

I think a big part of why it’s hard to do the simple things is that I often don’t give myself the time to slow down and stop multi-tasking, stop cramming so much into my days, stop checking my phone. When I am able to do those things, everything seems lighter and easier, and the simple things are likelier to be done.

I also think that when things seem simple, we take them for granted. We assume we’re doing them, or at least doing them “well enough.” In fact, though, I sometimes think I do the simplest things worst of all. As I go through each of my days, am I being polite? Am I being patient? Am I remembering that I am not the center of the universe? Am I remembering that nobody is in “my way”? Am I being kind? Am I giving people my full attention? Am I listening? Am I putting myself in other people’s shoes?

Sadly: not always. I wish I could say differently, but while these things are fairly simple, they’re even easier to forget.

As I draw closer to the end of my month of daily blogging, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I want my whole life to be about the simple things, even if they’re hard to do or to remember. Practicing these things might be my entire life’s work, but they also kind of feel like the entire point of being alive.

3 thoughts on “The Simplest, Hardest Things”

  1. The last sentence needs to be on every t-shirt and wall and notebook cover.
    For the practical activities like exercise something that helps is putting alarms to remind me, as well as making doing the thing as convenient as possible. As for the other things – it’s sooo difficult! I once had an app that ticked evey hour and that made me ask myself if I was doing the best use of my time or if I’d want to spend the next hour doing the same things I’d done in the previous one. I might set the alarms on my phone and ask myself the first question, actually!

    1. Alarms is a great idea. I used to have an alarm to remind me to stand up and move around but sometimes I’d just ignore it! Ugh, lol. I like that question about whether I’d want to spend the next hour doing the same things – it’s a good one.

      1. Ignoring my alarms may or may not be the reason why I deleted the app alltogether, lol. But I am going to put one a couple times a day at least, as soon as I send this comment :)

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