February 2018 Editor's Fix

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Albert Einstein

So often people say, “You’re so busy.” And immediately you might feel… insulted. Like, somehow you are doing something wrong. Perhaps I should be slowing down, you might think, and “smelling the roses.” Start my day with meditation. Make more coffee dates. Go for long, slow walks along the river…

First of all, busy is subjective. Second, I am so done with the word “busy!”

What if we focused on fine-tuning life and its many facets, to make the most of family, work, friends, and interests? We’ve all tried to “downsize,” so to speak, (probably after hearing the above…) and if you’re like me, you have in many ways (learning how to say “no” is a great start), but inevitably what happens is… you’re invested, you’re interested, and the commitments you make are sincere and dear to your heart. They fit with you and your life, they make your life richer, they challenge you and they keep you keeping on.

I say it’s all about finding what’s right for you. What makes you feel live, what connects with your core values and intentions. How can you have the most impact, both in your life and in that of others? If this is what fills your schedule, you won’t feel busy. You will feel fulfilled.

Albert, you were so right. While it’s important to make it simple, let’s not focus on simpler. It’s fantastic to rise to the occasion… push ourselves, push others, fight for our right, and to live the way that fits best with you. And to the rest, learn how to confidently and firmly say, “no.”

Thank you, Albert.