In her book, Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives Digh says, “There are three kinds of problems: simple (baking a cake), complicated (a moon launch), and complex (raising a child or finding meaning in your life). Most of us mistake what is complex with what is merely complicated. We create more strategic plans and worksheets and believe we must invest in expensive solutions to the complicated issues of our day. What if life is complex, not complicated? What if the counterintuitive response of simplifying is exactly the right one?”
Is life really all that complicated?
What if we could solve all our problems with just four simple words?
Try writing your own four word mantras for the areas you need help with in your life. Here are some examples:
be a surge protector
eat less, move more
use your own voice
give up toxic people
Share more examples with me in a comment below!
A random commenter will win a signed copy of the book Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh.
The winner will be chosen on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.
*I am trying a new structure for my blogs. See more here.
I read this poem a few years ago for my Journal Therapy class and was very inspired.
Paise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there’s left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn’t cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it’s all we have, and it’s never enough.
– Barbara Crooker
(Abalone Moon, Summer 2004)
I was pushed by the last line to think that if this “crazy fallen world” is never enough, then what is?
Read here for more inspiration: