There’s a certain type of person who can manage to find the complexity even in the most simple things.
They seem to approach every problem or challenge from an angle that overlooks the most obvious path and instead attack it from an angle.
They almost seem to relish the long, hard, complicated way.
I know many people like this.
I have often been one of them.
There’s no issue I can’t complicate.
There are many factors that can drive this.
Complicating things is a form of resistance. It can be an adaptive strategy to avoid fear of starting or completing a project, a form of procrastination.
It can also be a habit reinforced by years of overachieving in school, when we were rewarded for solving the “complex” problems.
Maybe taking the hard path was how you proved yourself to others.
We often feel a sense of satisfaction in solving hard problems or working through difficult challenges.
But doing things the hard way takes a lot of energy.
Energy that can be used for other things.
Unlike school, life doesn’t give us extra credit for taking the more difficult path.
These days I’m seeking to simplify.
How I can make it easy?
It might not offer the same satisfaction as conquering complexity, but there’s a different pleasure in it: having energy left for other life experiences.
Taking the easy path doesn’t make us any less worthy of the rewards we receive for arriving. And we might just feel better along the journey if it isn’t so difficult all the time.
Will you join me on Easy Street?
life need not be hard
why do you complicate it?
gift yourself some ease