A simple reflection to navigate chaos

We are so habituated to think that complexity is good, that simplicity escapes our mind. . .

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Sometimes we can feel that life devours us. . . Our days become busy with this and that. We may have the sensation that life is chaotic and stressful in the frequent turbulence and velocity of daily life. Losing sight that this may be mostly attributed to our habitual thinking that complexity is good; therefore simplicity escapes our mind. . .

We are influenced by complexity and frequently think that elaborated solutions are better or praiseworthy than simple and straightforward ones. This may lead us to a tendency to complicate things, to weave elaborated conceptual webs even around the simplest situations. . . Chaos in our workspace, in our daily lives is to a large extent created by us.

This habitual way of perceiving complexity may drive us to misconstrue reality by creating layers and veils of mental constructs that not only hinder us to see things clearly but also take us wasting vast quantities of our most precious resource, time, and generating all kinds of dysfunctional situations.

Complexity not only distracts us from our goals, values and desired outcomes, but also inhibits us to trust our inner wisdom and intuition. The distortions we tend to create with complications cause a great deal of stress and erode our mental states and the others around us.

Hence, we must be able to be present, not distracted because simplicity is always with us, expressed in our clearest moments, our capacity to be flexible, our inner wisdom. . . Simplicity allows to constantly recalibrate our resources and generate the best results we can, avoiding falling into what is not valued by us.

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