Simple, natural, plain
“Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.” — Benjamin Hoff
I love decoration. From Baroque music to Victorian architecture to everyday frills and fancies, I am drawn to intricate patterns and abundant color. I have to admit, though, that there is something very restful and soothing about simple design. Our lives are so complex as to be overwhelming at times, and a clean, simple construction is a sensory antidote to the continual bombardment of stimuli. Perhaps Hoff is onto something when he says our spontaneous thinking will be more effective when cleared of unnecessary distractions.
There are all kinds of ways to choose simplicity. Instead of a packaged processed snack, try a piece of fruit, a boiled egg or a handful of nuts. Drink chilled, purified water, and relish the way it quenches your thirst. Try packing up some of your best-loved trinkets for a time; you’ll enjoy the cleared space, and when you get them out again, you will see them with fresh eyes. Choose a worry-free hairdo or sensible, comfortable shoes. Leave some wall space free of pictures. Listen to music produced by a single instrument, such as a piano, flute or harp. Or sit outside and listen to the song of birds.
Today, I hope you will be calmed and refreshed by an encounter with something simple, natural, and plain.
This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.