Life is Simple…Keep it Simple!

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” -Leonardo da Vinci

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I do not have the answer to the question “what is life?”. To be honest, I never tried to find the answer to this question; maybe I know I am not that intelligent to find the answer. But my approach towards life is very simple. I believe life is very simple; we humans make it complicated by our desires. So, why make life a complex one, by knowing that we can keep it simple? I am not sure this attitude will make you successful in life or not; but I can guarantee you this attitude will help you to be happy.

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”  – Winston Churchill

Life’s biggest happiness lies in small and simple things. Nothing in life can give you much happiness like a smile on your child’s face gives you. Nothing in life can increase your confidence more than your wife or girlfriend’s belief in you. No one can love you more than your mother does. No one can make you feel more safe than your father. No one can make you feel more important than your children.

We all want to make this world a beautiful and much better place to live; but have we ever thought if we make our home and its surrounding beautiful; then the world will automatically be more beautiful? If we will share the love we are giving to our own children with someone else’s children; then the world will be a much better place to live in. We want a big home to live; but can we guarantee we can fill it full of happiness, peace, and joy? No we can’t, as money can’t buy these things. So why make things complicated by increasing our demands from life? In a home, the number of bedrooms hardly matters, what matters most is, “We must make that thread of love which binds us all a much stronger one.” By doing so, a small home will look more beautiful than the home of our dreams. We must realize a building or a structure becomes a home only when the people that stay in it remain connected with the bond of love, peace, and togetherness.

We always hurt ourselves by judging others, by expecting something from others. But is it necessary and warranted to judge someone else? We are not God, so how can we differentiate good and bad? So rather than analyzing someone else, it’s better to check our compatibility with that person and move on. Every individual has their own way of living, with their own ideas, beliefs, and thoughts to live with. Why make things complex by trying to change that person so we can be compatible?

We all want to be happy, we all want to feel good. And in order to make someone feel special, we try to give that person an expensive gift. But are these gifts really capable of making someone feel special? No. The best way to make someone happy and feel special is to give the gift of a smile.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

We all think we are the most intelligent creatures in this world, as we have an intelligent mind. But does the mind offer a solution to every question of life accurately; does the mind show us the correct path in life every time? I hope not, the mind can sometimes be wrong; but the heart never misleads. So why do we make decisions in life difficult by giving value to what the mind decides rather than what the heart feels?

“There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”    -Ronald Reagan

So let’s do not make life too complicated by dreaming too big, by hoping too much, by expecting the unexpected, and by ignoring those small things where happiness lies. Let’s make it simple by doing the basics rights, by welcoming whatever life will bring rather than getting disappointed by learning from failure. Let’s spread the love and smile; let’s value relationships and celebrate those small achievements life throws at us.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind.  Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

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Note to Joe - I met Joe through blogging. He was the first person who made my blog part of his blogroll. With time, we became friends from blogging friends. I just want to thank him for all his unconditional support in past few months. A few days earlier he wanted me to write a guest post for his blog. It was all my pleasure to try to contribute something to the blog of a wonderful person like Joe. I am really not sure if I did justice with this one or not. Lastly, I just want to say you thanks for being such a wonderful friend.

Best wishes to you & your blog “My Haphazard Proclivities” Joe.

                                                                                                             -Arindam

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11 thoughts on “Life is Simple…Keep it Simple!

  1. Hi.
    You have explained very beautifully about “Life is Simple… and keep it simple. The way of writing is
    inspired me. If we consider everything is as simple as we get, we can easily live our life without problems. We should know to enjoy the limited needs so that we can always happy.

    Thank you

    S.Shanthi,

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  4. (Applause!) Congratulations, Joe and Arindam — for pulling off this idea so seamlessly and with so much enjoyment! I read a lot of blogs that are “co-authored,” or made up of teams of authors, and it’s always a treat. But most of them are by authors unconnected to each other, where in your case, you both are friends. :) What a great idea!

    This post was beautiful, Arindam. The very first day I visited your blog, you had posted about the love you feel for your mother, and I was hooked. Touched by your sweet devotion. This line, “No one can love you more than your mother does” reminded me of that post, and of your admirable attitude.

    May I offer one tiny suggestion? The one thing I don’t like about “guest” posts is that very often I want to leave a comment for the author, but as they are not the manager of the blog, they seldom comment back. Nothing’s worse in blog-land than lonely comments.

    I feel that in your case, as you both watch the blogs avidly, that won’t be the case. And Arindam has already responded to a commenter here! That is so nice to see.

    Yet I wonder — have you considered starting a new blog? This might be a good time, where your blogs are still new, to merge your followers and direct them to a new place — “Being Haphazard” or something :) — that you “own” together. Is that even an option on WordPress? To have two owners of a site? Then you could post and comment and receive notifications all together. And I would feel like I was successfully talking to both of you when I leave a comment. You guys are computer guys, if this idea interests you, I have every confidence you’ll figure it out.

    Regardless — I applaud your thinking out of the box! Great idea.

    • Thank you Melissa. :) It was Joe’s Idea. He wanted me to write a guest post here. And I could never say, no to a friend like Joe. So I wrote something which is about love, family & relationships. I thought as Joe is a family man. So this post will suit to his personality. :)
      And again thank you Melissa, for remembering that post of mine, which I wrote for my mother.It was my blog’s first post. I still remember your comment on that post. The line which I wrote, “Like every son in this world, I am sure no one can love his mother more than he does”, was your favorite in that post. That post will always remain special to me, as I have not met my mom since past eight months. But, I came to know when my sister gave her a printed copy of that post, she had tears in her eyes after reading that one. That was something really special.

      Yes, there is a option of multiple owner of a single blog. By the way, you are talking to both of us successfully; I hope Joe will reply to your comment very soon. :) And who knows, one day, Being Haphazard may born in this blogging world. But I think, for now we both are so busy with our careers that we do not have enough time to do justice with one more blog. What’s your say on this Joe?? Although I am happy with my single status, so I do not need to give enough time to family, but Joe has to give time to his family also.
      Melissa, what about a blog with name “Being Haphazard 101″ ? :)

    • Thank you so much Melissa for your words. And I couldn’t agree more; authors who do not reply to their readers is a tragedy. I know myself and Arindam both, along with many others, like you, take the time to respond to each and every comment that crosses our blogs. It’s just the right thing to do. I couldn’t justify allowing my bloggers to take time out of their busy lives to leave a comment and me not thank them by returning a reply.

      I have made Arindam an “Editor” of my blog; essentially giving him the power to write and modify posts, moderate/approve comments, upload images, manage tags and categories; essentially one step below a blog Administrator. And yes, there can be two administrators for one blog. You can read more about user roles as well as inviting new users here if you’d like.

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/

      Arindam and I haven’t discussed the thought of creating a co-blog. Although I must agree, it’d be rather cumbersome and painful to transition our combined readers to another blog if/when we accrue a mass following. I do like the idea though. Perhaps that’s something we’ll discuss in the future.

      Thanks again Melissa, for your words and suggestions!

  5. Simply marvelous Arindam; probably one of your best pieces! I particularly liked the part about people trying to shower their love with material possessions and expensive gifts. Those gifts mean nothing if the real, heart-felt love for someone isn’t there. Something as simple as a smile could make someone more happy than a diamond ring.

    Again, excellent work Arindam. Thank you so much for contributing this masterpiece to my blog. You did a very fine job indeed!

    • Thanks a lot Joe. :) It was all my pleasure to contribute to your blog body. :)
      I tried my best to write something good here. Most importantly, I tried to be myself with this post. I hope your readers will like what I wrote here. Let’s see. :)

  6. Thanks a lot Cafe. :)
    What you wrote in your comment is also so true. Sometimes it’s better to ignore than trying to change something, which we do not like. And it’s always good to surround us with people, who make us laugh, who make us feel good and who inspire us. After all this is what we want from life. :)

  7. I love this: “So rather than analyzing someone else, it’s better to check our compatibility with that person and move on.”

    So true! And what I always think the amazing thing about friends and relationships are is that you can choose ‘em. Perhaps not the same with family and so maybe in that case you have to accept some differences. But we do have the power and choice to largely surround ourselves with positive people who bring out the best in us.

    Great post :)

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