In the West, we value ambition, accomplishment, progress, competition, productivity, civilization, order, and innovation. These are noble values.
In our quest for achievements along these values, we frequently, or should say I frequently, find myself overwhelmed by the activities, decisions, and options that I have to consider and choose from.
In those moments, I find it helpful to slow down, breathe, and choose to do less rather than more.
In this TED talk, a farmer from Northern Thailand talks about how “Life is actually Easy” and how he simplified his hectic life by making a few big changes that resulted in doing less and getting more out of life.
While we do not want to be slothful, I think in today’s rapidly evolving high-paced life, it helps to remember what the ultimate goal is of our busy and hectic lives, and that in many areas of our lives, Less can be More.
Brings to my mind this quote:
The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary man is always doing things, yet many more are left to be done.
– Tao Te Ching