I came across a blog site (The Drabble) the other day that spoke to my heart. Actually the site came across me by “liking” one of my very short posts. The words simple, yet evocative pieces that capture what it means to be human described the purpose of the site. Simple yet evocative says it all for me. It is hard to do both but when it is done successfully it is genius and many of the posts I reviewed on that blog did just that.
I have been on a “Simplicity” binge for about 5 years now. For me at least, life is just getting too complicated even in my retirement years. Everyone seems to be on a razor’s edge now and can’t see much joy in life. Since this is the only go-around we have if you waste your life with worry and fear it is indeed wasted and gone forever. It is definitely time for simplicity in my, and most others’ lives.
Getting back to the theme of this post. Simple yet evocative, is something that is very difficult to do. One of my favorite sayings is from a folk singer legend Pete Seeger:
Any damn fool can get complicated. It takes a genius to obtain simplicity.
It is easy to make things complicated. Just look at all those yahoos inside the Washington DC beltway for evidence of that. We need folks who can take complicated and give us simple answers. That is what most of those who voted for the current president were hoping for but the rest of us knew he was just too flawed to actually live up to any of his hyper rhetoric.
We also need simplicity from ourselves. Your life is not really as complicated as you think it is. Millions and millions of people have faced the same struggles as you are and still found joy and happiness and that is what I personally intend to do for my remaining years.
I naively think I will take a serious crack at Simple yet evocative here on RJsCorner. I think that melds very well with my desire to write some prose. Simple yet evocative is difficult to achieve but I think I am up to it. How about you??