Simplicity Through Doing
Posted by Terry Koch on Jan 14, 2015
Before retiring I worked in a high-stress job, over-scheduled myself, and was busy from the moment I got up in the morning to the moment I fell into bed. I vowed to myself that someday I’d simplify my life. And I did. With a vengeance. I retired early and, after a period of aimless but harmless hedonism, I stripped my life of volunteer obligations, withdrew from my friends, and focused, through meditation, on my inner world. I had reached a point where my life was as simple as I thought it could be. But something was missing. It felt as if my life had dried up. It finally came to me very recently - years into retirement now – that simplicity had to exist in a context of “doing.” At last I realized: It also had to be about others as well as me. So I reached out to old friends and to volunteer organizations. Almost immediately, my life felt richer, lighter, and brighter. You could call that choosing to “complicate” my life. But it has not felt that way yet. I still meditate. I don’t over-schedule. And I don’t rush. Perhaps for now I’ve found what some people call their sweet spot and others call their middle ground. For me, simplicity, it seems, rests at the balance between being and doing. As Randy Taran said in her Awakin call this past Saturday, “it’s never too late” to start.