What is a simple life?
Simplicity is a talent for going with the flow in life. When we have to affect our simplicity – plan it, impose it, strategize it – we’re in real trouble. “There is more simplicity in the one who eats caviar on impulse,” Chesterton wrote, “than in the one who eats Grape-Nuts on principle.” . . .
Ah, that must be my problem.
Life is not simple. There is no controlling it, no shaping it in the style of a slower, calmer, idyllic world – long gone, if ever here. Instead, we need to learn how to deal with our complexities with simplicity. . . .
Simplicity of life is more what poet Sister Madaleva Wolff, CSC, called “the habitually relaxed grasp” than it is life without gadgets that we never really wanted in the first place but realize now are part of the air we breathe. . . .
And there are many more.
Think she’s right? What would you add?
[Looks like a great book, BTW. Just picked it off the shelf in the Iowa City Public Library, and found these gems on page three!]