Simplicity is beautiful. When we appreciate and celebrate the small things in life, we cultivate a positive mindset which allows us fully enjoy the everyday moments. We realize that what we don’t have, we don’t need; and what we do have, is more than enough.
Since ancient days the wisest of teachers have advised us on the benefits of simplifying existence by simplifying ourselves. For instance, philosopher Lao Tzu wrote:
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
In the same vein, Confucius once spoke of simplicity as a singular virtue: Life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
It doesn’t take much to make a happy life – we just need to open our eyes to the miracle of everyday wonders such as compassion and kindness, as illustrated by the Dalai Lama: My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
And when we give up everything that we are, we are free to become something even more. For Buddhist writer Jack Kornfield, there are very few things that ultimately matter in the grand picture of life, and they are the simple things: At the end of life, our questions are very simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well?
Writer Steve Maraboli says that a philosophy of simplicity is what liberates us to live freely and happily: The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.
And Brazilian author Paulo Coelho points out that in the end, those who see the simple joys in life are the most content in this world. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.