Keep it simple?
We all know the expression and its acronym: KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Kids use it. We’ve used it when admonishing ourselves (and others). Many of us dream of “a simple life” or at the very least, simpler.
The fundamental principle is valid of course; often the simplest approaches and solutions are the most effective.
That’s true in business. That’s true in dealing with others. That’s frequently in parenting. And many of us strive for, and even achieve, a measure of simplicity in our lives.
A measure of simplicity.
More than that? Dare we hope?
Life is complicated. And for a Monday, for me, a little more so than usual. Why?
Monday (simple?) Style
It seems I have a few technology gremlins to deal with behind the scenes. They’re making everything take longer – a great deal longer!
I’d like to stomp my feet, hide my eyes, and scream “I can’t deal with this!” But that’s no solution, simple or otherwise, though it’s a legitimate emotional release. Once expletives and tirades have run their course (preferably privately), it’s time for adulthood.
You know. Figure something out (with a little help from your friends).
Oh, you shouldn’t be too bothered by my hair-raising, frown-line-inducing tweaking over the next few days. Everything should seem “usual” around here. Except I may be more concise… (or not). Possibly crankier… (or not). In any event, I’ll try to keep things simple.
If only technology were simple, right? If only Murphy had taken his notorious Law and hit the road when I threw him out months ago, or tried. But it’s not meant to be (wink, wink) – at least for now.
In my mind’s eye, my cuisine is healthy and beautiful – filled with all the nutrients every (damn) doctor is insisting upon these days.
Let’s see — fresh fruits, dark and leafy vegetables, Omega-3 laden salmon, iron and B-Vitamin-rich red meat, and those blow-the-budget berries and nuts. Don’t forget the 40+ woman’s fanciful friends, calcium and Vitamin D. Wherever you can get them.
Now, what might we add to the equation? How about a good night’s sleep, exercise, and low stress.
It’s all simple, right? But that stress thing… Hello teenage households? Single parenthood? The UnBudget?
Still, in my simplistic vision, health and well-being are always within grasp. Affordable? Another story. Perhaps I need a volunteer to assist with the cooking?
(Um, Kitch?? The Latvian Suite awaits you.)
Uncluttered, Beautiful, Simple Interiors
And then there is my simple home. My lovely, ideal, chaos-free interiors.
My perfect kitchen?
It’s nothing like the kitchen design I currently have, which is pretty but not functional. And tiny, thus less conducive to sticking around to socialize, with the aromas of baking in the background. (Yes, I really do bake.)
Oh, give me a clean and simple kitchen! A little bit modernist, a touch traditional, and with lots of (low cabinet) storage!
My ideal room to sit, snooze, or socialize?
It, too, is simple, with comfortable chairs to entice friends to linger, and it’s uncluttered! Granted, I still require stacks of books and (no doubt) too much art – everywhere – on walls, leaned against shelves. But overall, the style is warm, inviting, and simple. That way, the people take center stage. (Ain’t that grand?)
As for the boudoir? (You knew it was coming.) Ah, the dream bedroom could resemble the image here, though I know myself better than that. There must be books, and art, and intoxicating jolts of color, preferably red. Nonetheless, this room would serve nicely as a haven, and dare I dream. . . more?
Appearances Are Deceiving
Given the sudden arrival of my techno traumas, tenaciously tramping about in the background of my real boudoir, I will meditate on these images of simple style. And returning to my originating point, the fact is: Daily dramas of all sizes can scramble our plans, and drop us into the drink.
Life is anything but simple.
- Any Monday morning dramas you’d care to share?
- Suggestions for simplifying – your life and your style?
- Musings on the sound stylings of technology tantrums of your own?
Meanwhile, I’ll be here daily (should you care to know). Let’s face it – I am at least as tenacious as any snarly, supercilious software. But dammit, my already crazy daily plate just got more complicated by the need to keep it simple. Or at the very least, simpler, for a time.
One final thought – keeping it simple looks easy, but takes effort. What appears straightforward or streamlined from the outside looking in may be very different, from the inside looking out. No one knows what goes on behind the curtain, the screen, the wall, or the pretty façade. That’s all the more reason to look beyond exteriors and interiors. Nothing is ever really “simple.”