Why is it so hard to keep it simple? The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest path to take. We will start any journey with good intentions, but the minute we look to navigate around obstacles, instead of confront and overcome them, we begin to complicate the matter. If this pattern of avoidance continues, we find ourselves in a tangled mess down the road, wondering how we got there. The issue with avoidance is it alleviates the pain in the present, but the obstacles still exist. Keeping it simple, sticking to the straight path, may mean present struggle, but it also means nearing calm.
It’s easy to look at people who have spent their lives avoiding obstacles, seeing the mileage they have covered in their winding course, and admire this mileage as success. But in reality, they are no further along in their journey then when they first avoided an obstacle. People of true perseverance, who have faced their obstacles and eliminated them from the path, have a depth unmatched by anyone who has covered 1000 miles while resisting confrontation.
Simplicity stays the course. It allows trial to transform us and it illuminates the straight path through forests or meadows. It isn’t always easy, but it is ultimately stress free and brings rest. God knows I could do to keep things a bit simpler.