Simplicity may sound like an overused and insignificant virtue in this world where the latest gadgets seem to be more important than a hour-long face-to-face conversation. But simplicity is a virtue and in this technology-oppressed period of time, those who possessed it are rare gems. And I salute them.
For me, contentment is the main foundation of simplicity. While simplicity can be defined by our own standard and definition, I think, in essence, that:
- When there is less expenditure, there is more splendor, and when there is more splendor, there is greater glorification.
- Simplicity breeds generosity and abundance. Greed creates a culture of scarcity that leads to poverty.
- The true measure in the practice of simplicity is the happiness and contentment experienced by the person, not the quality or quantity of things he or she acquires.
- There is greatness in ordinariness.
- Simplicity is spiritual economy that brings out our integrity and dignity.
I am raising the virtue of simplicity and reminding you about it in time for the Christmas season because of our forgetful tendencies. In what I call the “shopping mall syndrome,” some people turn to retail therapy as a quick fix to their problems, unwisely using their credit cards in the process. Other people, on the other hand, buy the most expensive items to exact revenge or get even with a person in order to have a temporary relief from negative emotions. This should not be the case.
When you shun the virtue of simplicity, you are easily risking yourself to spiritual poverty that is essentially caused by corruption, greed, fear, possessiveness, hunger for power and position, oppression, anger, violence, sexual perversion, and lack of responsible leadership.
You may feel you’re living too simply today and you’re yearning for the adventures of grandeur. Take a reflective pause and assess your current position. Life today may be simple and you may not have the immediate cash to engage in retail therapy, but you are happy and peaceful with yourself, with God, and with your family. Peace and happiness are after all what one needs to live as children of God.
Remember that money is just a means to life, but it is not life. If money, other material blessings or possessions acquired through retail therapy is the basis for determining one’s happiness and peace of mind, then can you tell me if the people in the Fortune magazine lists of wealthy people are happy? Can you say that the rate of happiness and peace is determined by money and not contentment, by excess and not simplicity?
This calls for deeper reflection. I hope and pray you’ll spend the succeeding days doing just that, which my question poking you to really think and meditate. I would like to hear form you. If you have any questions regarding the virtue of simplicity, let me know in the comments section or on my Facebook page. Thank you and God bless! #