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!

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