Einstein’s Three Principles

clutter to simplicityToday is Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Out of clutter find simplicity.
From discord find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Apparently, these are not so much Einstein’s words, as they are the three principles on which he based all of his work.  They are admirable principles, and I think they could be put into practice by anyone, no matter what their IQ.  I figure that if a German guy with bad hair can do it, surely I can.

OK, so how am I going to make this happen? 

Out of clutter find simplicity.

There are a lot of ways I can do this, but I need to start where I am now, and apply the principle to more things later.  The clutter in my life right now is material – even though I threw scores of bags and boxes of things away, gave away more boxes full of things, and even sold a few things soon after I retired.  I still have more to get rid of.  That will be my first task.  At some point, I would like to move to a more hospitable climate, and in order to do that, I will have to pare down my “stuff” a great deal, especially the books and clothing.

From discord find harmony.

Actually, I have done a pretty good job of this. I no longer watch TV – I don’t even own one anymore – and I generally only allow books into my life that will promote harmony.  I am striving for harmony in relationships, and again, I’m doing pretty well.  However, if I ever enter into another relationship with a significant other, this will become more of a daily challenge.

Meanwhile, one way that I am combating “discord” right now is in my physical health.  Illness is disharmony and health is harmony in the body.  This is something I can address right now in three areas: diet, exercise, and amount of sleep.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Right now as a retiree, my greatest difficulty is establishing and maintaining a sensible schedule of activities.  It seems that when I make commitments, they tend to involve a lot of activity all at one time.  This is an opportunity to cultivate more discipline, organization, and commitment.

So there, I’ve given myself marching orders.  First item on the docket: sleep.  Good night, all!  🙂


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