Simplicity is Underrated

How often do we feel we’re not accomplishing enough?

Not doing anything glamorous?

Living in the ordinary, instead of the extraordinary?

Simplicity of the sunset
Simplicity of the sunset

My question to you, to myself, is why do we not relish in the simplicity? The beauty found in each and every breathe we take. Each choice to spend time with our loved ones, play with our dogs, walk amongst our gardens, feel the grass beneath our feet, is one we consciously make to appreciate the little things.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Rich Roll lately (if you’ve not checked out his podcast, it is a must!). The topics discussed center around being the best version of yourself and he often stresses the need for simple. The small lessons we’ve learned since kindergarten: Work hard, be kind, live simply, be healthy, be kind, breathe.

There is such wisdom in those lessons, such obvious messages, we often forget about them. My intention lately has been to live more simply, let go of that which does not serve me, and find happiness in simplicity. And try to do it daily.

Take time to appreciate the calm of simple.

Happy Friday!

Intentional Progress

I’ve been climbing lots of mountains this summer….14’ers they’re called in Colorado.

 

View from Quandary Peak
View from Quandary Peak

Quandary

Kelso RIdge
Kelso RIdge

Kelso Ridge of Torrey’s & Grays Peak

Snowmass
Snowmass

Snowmass

Challenging, sometimes death defying mountains that not only test your physical strength and stamina, but your mental state. I found myself questioning my capabilities several times, hesitating more than I ever have when faced with a gnarly cliff, full expose, jagged rocks, steep gullies with loose tallas and skree. I couldn’t seem to catch my breathe at times, so I’d stop….thus prolonging the summit. Never had I experienced anything so mentally challenging, physically demanding, but naturally beautiful and peaceful all at the same time.

It’s made me think of how I choose to concur, tackle, face life’s challenges. My girlfriend and I do yoga almost every Wednesday and recently, I listened to a teacher discuss intentional progress. This resonated so deeply with me! To intentionally seek that next step, be aware and alert to what’s needed to get there, then actively put it all into motion!? It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? Yes, that’s where I want to go….and I got there. Duhhhhh!

But I stopped to think about how many times I had just gone through the motions of something. A work project, a family obligation, a hard climb. You trudge through it, hoping it will soon come to an end.Β  Climbing some of those mountains, there were times I couldn’t find my intent – I just wanted to get through it. The thought of intentional progress awakened something in me.

If I can learn to do things with intentional progress, to fully commit, be in the moment and focus on completing the task with my full being…oh what a lesson that will be.

Happy progress!