I traveled this weekend for Thanksgiving and the house we were staying in didn’t have internet. We had plenty of opportunities to get on internet if we wanted, but I decided to just take the opportunity to be completely unplugged.
As a result I was thinking about whether different parts of my life are complementing my life or complicating it.
Are my things complementing or complicating my life?
Is my schedule complementing or complicating my life?
Is the internet complementing or complicating my life?
Are the Christmas activities we will do this month complementing or complicating our life?
Are the gifts we get the kids going to complement or complicate our lives?
Is my cell phone use complementing or complicating our life?
The list could go on, and you could insert any number of things that relate to your own life.
I wonder sometimes if we unintentionally complicate life. We have too much stuff, so keeping the house neat is more difficult. We have too many things scheduled so we constantly feel stressed. We buy unhealthy foods, and then it makes it more complicated to try to teach our kids how to be mindful eaters.
I have goals for my personal life, for our family, and for our children. Are the choices I am making complementing those goals?
Am I making it easy for my children to learn good habits or am I complicating the process? Am I making it easy for all of us to learn to live on less and not constantly need more, or am I complicating the process by buying too many things? I want to spend time developing relationships, but am I complicating that by being too busy?
Often, when I have had difficulty accomplishing or even making any progress in my goals, I realize I’ve been complicating life. I have been making it harder for the kids to follow directions by complicating our routine. I have been stressed because I complicated things with over scheduling.
Whatever decisions you make this week, take a moment to think about whether they are going to complement or complicate. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.
Life is really pretty simple. We need to stop complicating it.
Do you find that you sometimes unintentionally complicate your life?