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Simplicity

Marc and Angel’s “Hack Life” post this morning 20 Reasons Life Gets Way Too Complicated is another example of their great philosophy, practice and prose. (and fits with this month’s series).  I am a believer that we require a certain amount of tension in our lives. It is where we are nudged to be creative, courageous and compassionate. I love having a bit of the sense of overwhelming over my shoulder but my life gets too complex when I don’t follow some of the tips on this list.

20. We compare ourselves to others who seem better off. I don’t really know their story and they don’t know mine. In my coaching practice, I have seen outwardly successful and together clients confess their messedupness and then begin the process of building their specifically remarkable life.

14. We avoid the tough and necessary conversations. Unless to are a mind reader or a boni fide seer, knowing how anyone will react to hearing the ‘truth’ is disrespectful. Even if you think you are pushing the important issue below the surface, you are using up emotional and kinetic energy as it bubbles below the water line.

7. We let the haters get to us. I again need to celebrate the great philosopher of our time, Taylor swift, because she understands that “haters gonna hate” and now everyone/anyone can have a platform for their vitriol. When I realize that haters are sad, desperate cynics and that I would be one too if I stooped to their tactics, it gives me freedom to ignore their tirades.

1.We try to do way too much. This is the big ‘easy to say, harder to do’ in this list. I have missed opportunities because I didn’t say no and leave some space for inspiring opportunities.

“For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. or Winston Churchill

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Hacking Cooking

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SimpleTruth offers 101 Simple Cooking Tips. I do some of the food preparation in our home and the biggest struggle for  me is deciding what to prepare. Once that choice is made, the rest seems to fall into place. I don’t do a good job following recipes but I think I do a good job.

Back to 101 simple Tips.

7.Clean as you go!  I am a neatener who constantly makes little inroads into the mess I am making.

16. The most versatile and important tool is a sharp chef’s knife.  I am still struggling with this and have tried to learn the art of edging and honing but seem to be failing miserably.

22. Always taste your food before seasoning.

54. Honey is a natural preservative and will never spoil. It also works to reduce seasonal allergies if the source of nectar is from the same general area as you.

88. Always, always, always measure when baking. Baking is a science and any wrong measurements can be disastrous. I can attest to this (see preamble).

  1. And always remember – keep it simple!

 

Make Today Tasty,

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