People in various 12-step Fellowships are often proponents of an unassuming acronym known as K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart).
Others are impressed at just how easily and how well problems get handled when we deal with them one at a time.
In our increasingly technical world, we’re surrounded by examples but don’t always recognize them: Nuclear energy (which is the most complicated, dangerous, and expensive way of boiling water yet devised), jet propulsion (which really is rocket science, but simple enough if you take it one step at a time), computer systems design (a mind-bogglingly-complex substitute for thinking built entirely of ones and zeros), even getting sober (let me count the ways not to).
Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to get lost in details and processes today, and maybe, too, that’s why so many of us miss the point of what we want our lives to be about.
Next time you find that you’re intellectualizing yourself into or out of a problem or situation, KISS yourself, instead.
It really is that simple, sweetheart.
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