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Keep it Simple


One of the most important things I’ve learned over the course of my life is the wisdom of keeping things simple.  I don’t know why it is, but we humans have a tendency to overcomplicate our lives. Why do you think that happens? I’ve pondered over it a bit, and I haven’t come up with any good answers.

Speaking of answers, perhaps you’ve heard of “Occam’s Razor” or “Ockham’s Razor” as it’s sometimes spelled. If you’re not familiar with the concept, please don’t look it up online. If you do, you run the risk of stumbling across this monstrous definition from Merriam-Webster:

…a scientific and philosophic rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which is interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena be sought first in terms of known quantities.

Egads! What in the heck is that supposed to mean?

Despite the mumbo-jumbo and scientific jargon, the answer is simple. Really. The principle of Occam’s Razor is that, as often as not, the simple answer is usually right. It’s a philosophical concept that begs us not to complicate matters unnecessarily. William of Occam, a 14th-century Franciscan friar, was advising folks to “keep it simple.”

Although his thoughts were directed toward philosophers grappling with metaphysical theories — according to Alan Baker, at least — I believe the rule can be understood and applied in the context of everyday life.

Recently I came across this excellent visual reminder of the need to keep things simple.
Yes, it really is that simple.  Life isn’t meant to be a struggle. It’s not intended to be fraught with complications. Let’s save the drama for fiction — where it rightfully belongs — and enjoy the simple pleasures of an uncomplicated life.


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Author: christinacoleromance

Christina Cole believes in the power of love. She writes romance novels with characters you'll care about and remember long after the end of the story.

2 thoughts on “Keep it Simple

  1. Wow great post ! I needed this advise

  2. Glad you found it helpful, Cathy. 🙂

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