to-be-or-not-to-beTo be, or not to be. That is the question. Or is it? In the chaotic and restless world of today, we are encouraged to do, not to be. At a time of the year characterized by resolutions and goals, both new and revisited, it is the perfect time to take a moment for reflection. Reflection on what is ultimately important in our lives.

I perpetually fret over the same responsibilities. The things that appear big, but in reality are quite small. The sink full of dirty dishes. The hamper overflowing with dirty (or clean) laundry. The trash cans that need to be emptied. The jungle forming in the back yard. The three cats meowing for their daily ration of flaked tuna dinner. Okay, maybe that last one really is important 😉

We exert so much mental and physical energy attempting to keep up with the demands of daily life that we miss out on the simple things, the elements of our everyday lives that ultimately provide a sense of inner peace, a smile on our face, and a bounce in our step.

The scent of freshly baked bread in the grocery store. Listening to the caressing nature of spoken Hawaiian words. Pandora providing the perfect Disney tune at exactly the right time. The silky feel of the next page turned in a book.

sunriseThese often overlooked pleasures came to pass due to an extraordinary observation on an otherwise ordinary morning commute. As I turned south on to US-1, driving alongside the Indian River, my eyes caught sight of the good morning wish provided by Mother Nature. In that moment, every petty desire, every task on my mind, every anxious worry, was replaced by a single thought. I must find a place to stop. To gaze at this wondrous spectacle, for no particular reason other than to appreciate its beauty.

As I pulled into the parking lot of a local restaurant and stepped out of my car, the sunrise simply took my breath away. The fact that it was 37 degrees outside may have played a small factor in that feeling. But, I never would have known it in the moment. I was simply consumed by the natural creation in front of me. The light of the rising sun almost lifting the clouds, providing a sense of hope and comfort for the coming day. I suspect that commuters zipping by in their vehicles would have seen one of the most genuine smiles ever present on my face. If they had also chosen to stop and appreciate the gift of this simple pleasure.

if-u-want-to-be-happyWith the flurry of activity and rushing about us, adopting an attitude of simplicity can often be the most complex thing we do. Once it catches hold of you, however, you will never want to let go. Free yourself from the frivolous white noise that distracts you from the simple beauty around you. Stop chasing everything. Focus less on what you want to do and more on who you want to be. Just be.


10 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. MRS N, the Author January 23, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Wow, that is beautiful! In the flurry of edits, chores and publicity photos I need to just be! Thank you for the reminder, Dave! 37? Goodness, that is cold… at least for Florida. 😉 I woke up yesterday morning to it being -15 F so it’s all relative. Take time to be… today’s mantra! 🙂

    • davecenker January 23, 2014 / 9:37 am

      Thank you Mrs N. I am happy that you have adopted this as your mantra for the day 😉 If more would do so, I bet we would all be amazed at the transformation in society 🙂 Thank you for your always kind and thoughtful comments, and best wishes for a day filled with simply being 😉

    • davecenker January 23, 2014 / 10:42 am

      You’re very welcome, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😉

  2. joannesisco January 23, 2014 / 11:25 am

    So very well said. I am constantly in a tug of war between the expectation of ‘doing’ vs the desire of ‘being’. I loved the expression at the end – it is an excellent play of words and is so very true. I hope your day is full of ‘just being’ and through it you find your perfect point of happiness.

    • davecenker January 23, 2014 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you Joanne for your thoughtful comments. I always appreciate them. We all write from our own experiences and I too struggle with the balance of doing and being. In those enlightened moments where I focus on the being and recognize its impact, it is rather eye-opening. Thanks again for stopping by and providing your insight 😉

  3. mewhoami January 23, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    That’s a beautiful picture and such a great reminder you’ve given us. I’ve found myself doing this before. Driving down the road, my eyes become ‘opened’ to the scenery as if it is all brand new to me. It has a way of waking me up to the world that is beyond my own.

    • davecenker January 23, 2014 / 2:59 pm

      Exactly! A world beyond my own is so eloquently and accurately stated. It’s when we are able to pull that world from beyond into our own consciousness that beautiful and amazing things being to occur. Thanks for sharing your insightful comments and best wishes for an inspired day 😉

  4. suzjones January 23, 2014 / 9:32 pm

    I wonder how many people miss the beautiful things in life such as raindrops on a spider’s web or swallows darting and catching insects on the fly?
    Great post about just being!

    • davecenker January 24, 2014 / 7:45 am

      So very true! I must admit that I have probably missed these things in the past also, but I work everyday on making sure to focus on the simple and beautiful. It certainly makes a world of difference 😉 As always, thank you for your thoughtful insights!

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