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Achieving simplicity.  Really? Yes, really. It isn't as difficult as it may seem. Creating simplicity is like any other change we seek to make.  It takes three key ingredients.  The first is a true desire for simplicity.  Many of us talk about wanting our lives to be simpler, but are we really willing to make the needed changes in order to get there?  As we all know, wanting it enough is the first step. The second is patience.  Change usually takes time.  Just knowing that takes the pressure off and can give us the staying power we need to stick with it.  Remember, that achievable does not always mean "achievable in an afternoon."  Finally, we need tools.  Wanting something and being willing to be persistent is usually not enough.  We need a map, tools to get us there.  That's what my writing is about.  Simple tools to help us all, including me, keep it simple and keep it meaningful, because simple and meaningful are worth working for!

I was talking with my daughter earlier today and she was telling me how proud she was of herself for crawling off to bed the other night. We were letting her stay up late and she was curled up on the couch watching a game with her dad.  She told me she normally "wouldda hung in there," but she felt so tired and decided to go to bed.  What she was talking about was the simple act of listening to her body.  Her body was tired; yet she wanted the privilege of staying up late.  I mean, it was the White Sox, so, come on.  This was a big deal and a big privilege.  But she chose her physical needs.  Just like that.  And out of the blue, a week or so later, she told me about it, because she intuitively knew to be proud.

How often do we listen to our bodies?  Our schedules are packed with every kind of activity and responsibility.  But how often do we listen to the responsibility we have toward our physical selves?  One of the problems with our busy lives is remembering the things that aren't scheduled, like a good nights sleep, getting balanced meals every day, making sure our clothes and shoes are comfortable, even getting to the restroom.  It might sound silly, but how many of us skip lunch, never "stretch" during the day or even have said, "I have had to go to the bathroom since this morning..."

My daughter reminded me of an important lesson.  We women have to remember to listen to our bodies.  It can be in the simplest of ways.  Making sure we don't wear uncomfortable shoes, or skip meals.  Or maybe it is prioritizing ourselves a bit more.  Our bodies talk to us every day, just like when my daughter couldn't keep her eyes open and chose sleep. She listened.  Good for her.  When we listen to our physical selves in the little habits of daily living, we set a pattern in place, a pattern of paying attention. Training ourselves to regularly take note helps to keep us in listening mode if the big stuff, like chest pain or finding a lump or unexplained headaches, happens.  Listening to our bodies every day is an act of simplicity that keeps our lives both more healthy and balanced.

Over the next few days, try and listen to your body.  I suggest asking yourself several times a day, "How are my magic three?"  Anyone who has had a baby knows the magic 3.  "Is your child tired, hungry or wet?"  Well, it's similar for all of us.  Are we tired, hungry or uncomfortable?  Train yourself to ask throughout the day....How is my magic 3?......and see what happens when you listen to and choose your body.

  

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      Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 13, 2008
    • **It is funny that I came across this. I have been thinking about this very idea..But I didn’t think of the “3“..My life is getting way out of proportion. I can't stand clutter or things being out of place..I believe in the old adage Everything has a place and Everything in its place...I am even downsizing my purse..Which by the way has developed into a back pack..LOL  Thanks for your guiding words..



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      Maria Murphy wrote Oct 13, 2008
    • Thanks for writing, Katararmoon.  I have a backpack sized bag or two of my own.  It’s funny you are talking about purses.  On my website I write a mini weekly article called Simplicity Values.  Last week I wrote about organizing your wallet or handbag every week.  Its a great habit and ends up saving time and money.  When you know what is in your bag, you have more control, less receipts are lost, etc.  With simplicity, its like building blocks. You just keep putting the small tools together and before you know it, you have built something beautiful. I think getting your bag in order is a great way to take control of your life, which will also make you feel more satisfied, less stressed. All in about 5 minutes.  Not bad.



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      4real0 wrote Oct 15, 2008
    • Thank you for this timely article.  I’ve been telling myself to downsize my work bag which seems to contain everything but the kitchen sink!  I spend a lot of time out in the field and never want to not be prepared.  However, I think I’ve gone overboard!  You‘re right, it only takes 5 minutes to do.  I’ve taken 5 days just to think about it.  Time for a change!



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      Maria Murphy wrote Oct 16, 2008
    • That is so funny and true.  We can spend a lot of time thinking instead of doing.  But something this simple is a great small tool that has a far reaching ripple.  It’s great to feel organized, but feeling in control is an even more powerful result.  Thanks for the feedback!

      Maria



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