Essay: Living the Simple Life

Writing Creative Nonfiction


“The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”—Steve Maraboli

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”—Confucius

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo Da Vinci

Dave Hood

To live simply, we must make a conscious choice to embrace “voluntary simplicity.” Essentially, we are free to choose how to simplify our lives. Some things we must consider include developing a work-life balance, embracing the good life, living mindfully, savoring the moment, spending quality time, and slowing down. Whatever we choose, the decisions ought to result in improving our well-being and peace of mind.

Why should we consider living the simple life?We will live a life of peace and not chaos, a life of essentials and not complication. We will slow down and stop living the frazzled life, a lifestyle of stress. We will learn to relax with private time and solitude…

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