As humans our tendencies are to complicate and justify our existence. When we achieve something wonderful, instead of savoring the moment, our narrative turns to long stories of struggle, pain, and long hours of hard work.
Conversely when we have setbacks, we also have a list of justifications for those moments. It usually involves someone who thwarted our path in some way or other.
Humans have a difficult time saying, "I did it!" regardless of the outcome. We have all seen the joy in a child's face when they first learn to walk, tie their shoes, ride a bicycle, or learn to read.
It is a moment of "explosion of joy" as Maria Montessori dubbed it. The whole Montessori educational system is based on letting a child find their way to learning, essentially saying, "I did it!"
Some may say that life is not a Montessori school, however, we would counter that by saying that we always have our inner guidance as a teacher, providing we listen and respond to those "gut feelings!"When you do, life becomes, simple, enjoyable and worth living.
"That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
~ Steve Jobs
"Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
~ Leonardo da Vinci
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
~ Lin Yutang (Chinese philosopher)
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
~ Charles Mingus (American Jazz musician)
Wishing everyone a great week ahead!