Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics

For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity. ~Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
~Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Children understand the importance of clarity, simplicity and keeping ideas and concepts basic. They want clear answers without the layers of garbled muck.

We can learn a great deal from children.

Recently, I’ve been in a state of confusion. The Clarity I once, so victoriously, claimed seems to have slipped just out of my reach. The Simplicity I created for myself has become convoluted and complex. And I now find myself desperately trying to return to the Basics.

What are my basics, you ask? Growing my floral design business and becoming a published author…as simple as that.

Yet, everything I’ve done as of late has been designed to catapult someone else’s business or endeavor toward success. I have filled my plate with tasks and obligations that assist others and have, once again, allowed my dreams and goals to take a back seat.

I had, at one point, moved away from taking on any new projects that were unrelated to my specific career goals. I had made a decision to make precious use of my time and to focus on certain aspirations that required specific action to become realized. But, now, my Time is filled with deadlines that serve another’s purpose…deadlines that take me farther and farther away from the simplicity…from the basics…from me.

I feel lost in the crowd…bumped to and fro as hurried individuals shuffle and hustle on by. I keep thinking, “What about me?”

Then I found the Ultimate Blog Challenge–a challenge to write a fresh blog post everyday for 30 days. I thought this would not only be a wonderful opportunity to breathe new life into my blog, but also would afford me the opportunity to truly delve into why I continue to allow distractions to steer me off course and why I continue to place the dreams of others ahead of my own. This blog challenge will force me to sit face-to-face with this issue. And hopefully, at the closing of 30 days, I will have regained the Clarity that I once knew.

My theme for this challenge is Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics. During the next 30 days, I plan to ask myself a series of questions. When all is said and done, I intend to have clearer focus. Decisions will be made and my plate will only contain items that are good and healthy for my personal goals.

I hope you’ll join me. Perhaps there’s something in your life that has you wading in murky waters. Or perhaps there’s so much noise swirling about that you are unable to hear the symphony in the silence. Whatever has you feeling confused, stifled and bogged down, know that we can claim clarity together.

How do you plan to get back to the basics? Tell me in the comments below.

Using this blog challenge to find Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics!

Using the Ultimate Blog Challenge to find Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics!



13 thoughts on “Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics

  1. *sigh* That’s a very good question, Donloyn. I stay TOO BUSY doing too many things, and then I need to simplify, which is difficult with so many things going on. I’m concentrating on de-cluttering every day for 20 minutes. I know it sounds like nothing, but it has made a big difference in the way I feel about my surroundings. I feel lighter already, though I just started it a few days ago! I look forward to following your journey.

    • Amy, I actually think that is an awesome approach! 20 minutes each day adds up! And I am one who firmly believes that our surroundings play an enormous part on how we feel within. Hopefully, in 30 days, we will both be “Clutter” free…whatever the clutter may be! 🙂

  2. Loved this post Donloyn! Your words are life and has captivated me since the beginning. If this is just a sample of what I know you have within, then the world needs to be prepared to blown away by passion, conviction and determination!

    My plan is to continue to plug in and surround myself with strong men/women like you to nudge me and help me realize that their truly are “no excuses” and that we only get ‘one shot’ at this thing called life.

    Thanks Donloyn, you have no idea!

  3. The UBC has really made me focus on My Journey! In the hustle and bustle of it all I was so busy helping others with their journey that my journey suffered a little. This challenge will not only help me stay on track with blogging but will keep me focused on the whole reason for my blog and that is achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So it looks like together you and I will be in a new place in 30 days!

    • Kirsten,
      Hasn’t this just been a God-send for us?! What a wake-up call! I am so happy to know that you, too, intend to use this challenge to move forward with your own pursuits. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping others, but not at the cost of losing myself and choking out my own purpose. In 30 days, we are going to be on FI-YAH!!! 😉

  4. Love this theme! About two weeks ago, I turned the email function off on my iphone and ipad. No more email! I’m thinking about taking the next step and deleting my facebook app from my phone too. It really is freeing.

      • Your words resonate with so many of us! I chose to respond here, because of what this “Angie” said… I just went on a vacation with the family, and I almost removed the email and social media functions from my phone… to force myself to disconnect. In the end, I simply left my phone in the hotel room. What I realized after letting things “sit” for 12 to 24 hours, is that there are only a few things that cross my plate each day that even warrant a response. So it was a good way to step back and stop all that constant checking. It’s like a drug, and it feeds the false feeling that I must be constantly available.
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