I never understood the fuss about leading a simple life until I read a very interesting article called ‘The science of simplicity: Why successful people wear the same thing everyday’ by John Haltiwanger. I happened to have stumble upon it by mistake, and I must say that found it to be a very interesting read.
In the article, the author implies that we human beings waste so many precious moments by concerning ourselves with frivolous details. Frivolous details are things have no any real sense of purpose. Myself I agree with his sentiments, largely because we tend to waste time on activities that make absolutely no sense. For instance, wasting time in the morning trying to pick out the perfect shoe for work, and yet this time could be spared for doing something constructive.
It is so sad that we have been reduced to superficiality. We care about how others perceive us so we tend to spend a large duration of our time trying to create or maintain a certain image. In real sense, what if we spent that time focusing on projects, or undertaking tasks? The impact we could make would be phenomenal. Furthermore, there are far more important things to worry about.
It is interesting how we human being spend most of our time acquiring material possessions. We crave the latest shoe design, the trendiest clothes, watches etc. But the sad truth is that they come and go. Their relevance fade with time. In the end, you will notice that you will never have achieved any sense of fulfilment. So why bother? Do not get me wrong, I am not stating that you should not indulge in worldly pleasure. All I am saying is that It is useless to focus all your time on materialistic stuff. You could for instance use such cash for activities that bring transformative results to yourself or society.
Allow me to backtrack back to the article and talk about an interesting concept brought about by the article called decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is a condition whereby productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted brought about by making so many irrelevant decisions. Basically, the author seems to imply that stressing over small things makes you less efficient at work. Once again, I agree with his sentiments. Reason being, I have witnessed first hand how in some instances I have focused my time and energy in tasks that were of meaningful value, to the point whereby I was too tired to execute activities that had beneficial properties to my life.
In my opinion I have found that simplicity is a sign of humility. For instance take the case of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a very importance figure in the Indian society who lived a very simple life. Humility earns you immense respect in society as well as trust from many people. In so doing, you are able to build beneficial relationships with others. Such relationships could make your life progress in ways that you could never imagine.
In summary, here are 4 major reasons why you should lead simple life.
•To save time, and spend time on things that matter.
•Possessions are just vain, they come and go.
•To become less stressed since you do not sweat on the small life.
•As a sign of humility. Humility earns you trust, respect and can make your life progress in the right direction.
What are the other reasons why you should lead a simple life? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.