Since I’m writing now about the link between simplicity and business EQ, I thought I’d pass on to my readers this quote from a lovely essay by Duane Elgin, who founded the Voluntary Simplicity movement. In it, he discusses the origin of the movement, the way that it has evolved, and the 10 forms it is now taking — including economic simplicity, ecological simplicity, and family simplicity. But his description of “uncluttered simplicity” is what really stood out for me:
“Simplicity means taking charge of lives that are too busy, too stressed, and too fragmented. An uncluttered simplicity means cutting back on trivial distractions, both material and non-material, and focusing on the essentials.whatever those may be for each of our unique lives. As Thoreau said, .Our life is frittered away by detail. . . Simplify, simplify.” Or, as Plato wrote, “In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life”
It’s a tall order, of course, but one that can have a profound impact on our ability to work productively, relate skillfully, and live more lightly on the earth.