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Simplicity

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There is a kind of simplicity that is undesirable:
It’s the simple minded demand that all situations, no matter how complex they ar, be addressed with simple explanations and solutions.  “Don’t bother me with the facts,” such a person says.  “I don’t care about the details; they only confuse me.”  The lack of insight and engagement is both mind boggling and burdensome.

Soundbites and the opinions of talk show hosts will suffice for these shallow, unwise ones.  To think for themselves would probably give them a headache!

Then there is a simplicity that is beautiful and noble.
It is often quiet and unassuming; bathed in thought and prayer.
People who practice this lack of complication enjoy the good things of life; yet they are not in pursuit of prestige or extravagance.  A beautiful sunset delights them.  Time spent with family and friends is priceless.
One hallmark of such individuals is astuteness.  These ones think with both sides of their brains.  They question, explore and research; never settling for the status quo.  If you were to visit their homes, you would find shelves full of books, art and music in every room, along with creative endeavors.  They might not have the most uncluttered place you’ve ever seen.  That’s because they are busy with thought, creation and relationships.
Another quality is the very high amount of respect and honor these people have for the world:  Their fellow humans, animals, the environment, principles such as decency and generosity.
This simplicity is a paradox, filled with all shades of reality and nuance.
To know people who live this life is to be inspired and encouraged.
How very different these two kinds of simplicity are!  One word; opposite meanings.
That really describes our world, doesn’t it?  The Earth and her inhabitants are concentric systems, interwoven into complex patterns and relationships; yet there is a simple matter of watching, listening, tasting, feeling, smelling, enjoying and caring for all that is around us.

May you discover and appreciate the lovely, noble sort of simplicity that revives and nurtures you.

For the Politically Minded

I limit the amount of politicizing I do on Lifehelps.

When I am in the mood for speaking out on this complex, often perplexing and frustrating subject, I put a post on

http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com

 

Not to worry, my views are eclectic rather than very far left or right, although it is fair to warn you that I am not a fan of the current administration at all.

Today’s post is my evaluation of a memorandum from the White House I found on

http://www.cnn.com

touting Mr. Trump’s accomplishments in his first 100 days as President.

Feel free to go over and check it out.

A BEE FRIENDLY PLACE

My front yard used to be known as the neighborhood weed patch.  The year after I moved into this place, I turned it into a garden, so I call it my “yarden.”

 

This year, we had just the right mix of warm weather and spring rain, so the yarden really flourished.  Umm, that includes the weeds.

 

For the first time in the three summers I have had the yarden, there were also lots of bees.  I had some last year, but nothing like this growing season.  They started early, in the chive blossoms, and have increased in number as plants have come into bloom.  I bet their honey is

plenty spicy:  They have especially frequented the rosemary, oregano and basil.  They also like the strawberry patch, melons, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.  Hollihocks caught their attention, as did the bee balm.

 

One day, I was planning to dig up some button weed.  When I got out there, however, it was full of bees, so I left it.  I also discovered that they like dandelion blossoms.

 

All of this has inspired me to think about a bee friendly place as I develop the yarden even more.  I can’t say I am happy about leaving weeds; so I am searching for the right ground covers and plants to add.  I will leave some of the bees’ favorites, even if they are not my idea of “desirable”, until I find good replacements.  I have also found instructions for making a bee bath.
I invite suggestions.  Are there things that you have noticed the bees really liking?  I live in zone 6:  Our coldest temperatures can be as low as -10, though that doesn’t happen all that often.