Don’t you just hate it when you are minding your own business on Facebook and someone posts a seemingly insignificant picture that just hits you to the core of your being?

Or does that only happen to me?

Regardless, my friend Beth Schillaci posted the above photo on her timeline declaring it her new mantra.

Simplify.

What a loaded word. What does that even mean, anyway?

How does one begin the process?

It is so hard to simplify life. Personally, I have a hard time giving up even the smallest responsibility, let alone adopting simplicity as a lifestyle.

Case in point – Recently a friend of mine offered to take an event off of my hands because she knew I would be facing a lot of challenges in the weeks prior to execution. Incredibly kind of her, wouldn’t you think?

Do you want to know how I reacted?

I cried. (No, really.  I’m not kidding.) I cried really big, ugly I-feel-like-a-failure tears.

I have no idea why I had such a hard time letting go of that responsibility. It was a small volunteer event, for goodness sakes. Certainly not warranting that dramatic a reaction.

But for some reason, handing that event over, even though it was somewhat of a relief, felt wrong.  Like I was burdening another person with my … failure.

Clearly I need some help. (I’m only half kidding here.)

All of my life I have striven to go the extra mile. To get the A+ or the “gold star.” I’ve always piled on the responsibilities. I’ve taken on new jobs, set bigger goals and dreamed impossible dreams.

Simplicity and stillness has never been an option. I find it very difficult to sit down and just… be.

In talking to others I realize that I am hardly the only person suffering from the same affliction. We’re all running around busily. It is just what we do.

Every now and again I meet a human being who just blows me away with their contentment and their inner peace. Someone who is happy sitting on the porch of life and just rocking. No plans. No agenda.

Just pure contentment to live in the moment. I can’t tell you how long it has been since I have done that.

After seeing the above picture on my friend’s newsfeed, I decided to do a little digging into life simplification and found this little gem:

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

According to the author, simplifying means, “Eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.”

Good stuff, right?

The piece goes on to give 72 brilliant ideas on simplifying your life.

I especially like number 51. I think I’ll be starting my journey there.