A Lesson In Keeping It Simple

During a conversation with a friend on the subject of not making things more complicated than we have to, he related this story to me:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were on a hiking trip. One evening they set up camp, had  dinner and read for a while before settling down for the night. Around 1: 00 a.m., Holmes awoke, looked over at Watson and saw he was also awake. “Watson, if you look straight above you, what do you see?”asked Holmes.

“I see millions of stars,” responded Watson.

Then Holmes asked, “And what does that tell you?”. “Well,” replied Watson, “astronomically it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”

Holmes answered, “Somebody stole our tent!”

This story points out a very human failing. In our rush to display to others our depth of perception, knowledge, compassion, understanding, and our ability to reason, we often complicate situations and events around us. We overlook the simple explanations.

The K.I.S. Principle (Keep It Simple) is one that we tend to dismiss easily, but if we practice it, we will expand our ability to handle the challenges we face in life.

The ability to break down a situation into its simplest form, will speed up the time it takes to

find the solution. This in turn endears us to others and also gives us more time  to enjoy life’s pleasures.

The next time you are looking for an answer or giving an explanation, try keeping it simple. You will not be successful every time, but the more you try the better you will become at it.

Simply put…………. practice makes perfect and……….

                                                          Simplicity is simply beautiful!

The Big Picture

We seem to be in a ‘full speed ahead’ mode to get the biggest picture possible when it comes to entertainment, both in-home and out. TV screens continue to get larger, I have seen 60” screens in living rooms that are so small there is only room for two chairs and a very small table, it’s like sitting six foot away from an Imax screen. We want the images on our screens to overwhelm us, not only the picture has to be ‘BIG’  the sound has to blow us out of our seats, assuming there is enough space in the room for us to be ‘blown-away’. The action has to be BIG, crashes even BIGGER and explosions the BIGGEST ever. Even the characters heads are often shown in extreme close-up, leaving no room in the frame to show the space they are occupying.

There is a strange paradox to this phenomenon. We tend to put our own life into a smaller box viewing it as a smaller picture. Looking at our life in terms of short, small ‘Bytes’ of one week, month or the next party or vacation. As long as we are getting by, paying the bills and having fun there is a tendency to ignore the ‘Big Picture of our life,  we have big movies, big sounds and big screens to fill that space.

But we need to look at the big picture of life, we never know what may happen or when it will happen. We need to eliminate complacency from the way we live.

Looking at the big picture will help us in recognizing the pitfalls that may befall us and help us to prepare for them. Look at who we are, where we are, is there more that can be done, are we using our assets, monetary or otherwise, to their maximum, asking ourselves if we are on the right track or do we need a different direction.

After analyzing the ‘BIG PICTURE of our LIFE’, most probably finding that we fall short of what we need to do. At this point we should put ourselves in the ‘BIG PICTURE of REAL LIFE’ and start to take BIG ACTION before the crash and explosion becomes one that engulfs us.

Develop the BIG picture of REALITY, watch the SMALL picture of FANTASY