How are you making things too complicated?

“Simplicity” by Tamara Magnitsky
If this week is about simplicity and sustainability, it has to include Vermont! LOL!


I have to laugh! As I approached this week I began to angst, as I do most weeks, about what the opening message for the week ought to be. That “ought” being my first clue that I was in no way on track to be talking about SIMPLICITY! And then thankfully, Tamara and January got me back on track…

Tamara with her image of simple goodness and January slowing down long enough for awareness to slip in:



“Thrift” by January Handl

Witnessing the seemingly
endless energy of preschoolers
as they run, fall, climb, jump,
roll, skip, sing, dance, build, wreck
hum, hop, laugh, cry, create, question,
triumph, fail, begin again
play play play play play play play….

I remember wishing wistfully
to bottle and save
this power source
while my own children grew,
and even though most days then
I could match it for the most part
I am finding my energy is a precious
thing, with new boundaries and limits

And the suffering of the world
And the opportunities to stress or be afraid
To absorb the pressures and frantic pace
To blame or judge, to cling or fret
To slip into the shadow of existence
Until my power is sapped and devoured
With only holes in my light bucket
to show for my day’s focus

I have decided to add some
awareness to what I choose to
spend my time and attention toward
and though
my joys and sorrows still abound,
my love deepens and spreads before me

What are you making too complicated? Where can you bring awareness?

This week we are celebrating Simplicity. Let me know in a comment what that means to you!


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

2 thoughts on “How are you making things too complicated?

  1. “I am finding my energy is a precious thing…” That really struck me today, as I’ve been realizing I’ve been trying to burn the candle at both ends for about a month now…That makes for complications…LOL! I really only have so much energy, and I should respect it more, treat it better and use it more mindfully. This was wonderful for opening Simplicity week!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you Tracy! I’m also known for that candle burning… I think it is ok, even exciting SOMETIMES but it is really important not to do it ALL the time. Thanks for the reminder!

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