Elegant Simplicity

I was raised by two educators, my father and my uncle. I owe both of these men a debt of gratitude because they both taught me to love knowledge, to love to read, to love the beauty of nature and the undulations of beautiful classical music.

Early in my childhood they attempted to prepare me to deal with life’s many complications. As I grew up and spent many years in the halls of academia, I discovered that the more educated I got the more I discovered how much I didn’t know. I also discovered that one of the purposes of higher education is at times to take the simple, make it complicated and ask you the budding scholar to un-complicate it again.

Eventually that exercise in futility and human aggrandizement turned me into a skeptic who questioned everything and I found myself dissecting every thought and idea that did not coalesce with own pre-conceived ideas.

Adolescence is a time when we take the simple from our parents’ perspective, we complicate it and then we blame our parents for it. However as we mature we learn to seek and find simplicity and avoid the stress that will lead us to an early grace.

I now espouse elegant simplicity. I have accepted the fact that indeed life and people are difficult. No matter what type of relationship we are involved in, it will go through times of real difficulties. You and I will face challenges that seem unbearable, unfair and just downright mean. When we are caught in life’s turmoil, we have a decision to make. We get to decide how to decorate that private space in our mind where we go to find solace and peace.

My place is decorated in elegant simplicity. I have just the bare minimum. It’s a place where drama is not welcomed, whether it is mine or someone else’s. It’s a place of peace that is elegantly decorated with the positive memories of my past. Its walls are littered with the pictures of my heroes smiling at me. When I enter that place, one of Mozart’s soothing violin concertos is always playing softly in background. The air is just right, the atmosphere relaxing. It is elegant, it is simple.

The noise of my life is shut out and the tranquil resonance of great memories of friends and experiences are etched on the elegant walls. I usually enter that place alone since I created it just for me. It’s a place to recharge my batteries, a place of solace. A place I call my personal inner sanctuary. It’s elegant simplicity where nothing is complicated.

You and I need to survive love whether it is conditional or unconditional. Yet you too can create a place of your own where life is simple, elegant and drama free. You need some elegance and simplicity in your life and you have a right to create it for yourself. No one else can do it for you since no one else has your taste.

So when your world is crazy and not many really understand, you can go there and find peace in elegant simplicity.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Matt 6:6

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