On simplicity (ii)

Two paths open before you: the one tempts you with complex ideas, with challenges, and with a sense of true accomplishment; the other offers tranquility, relaxation, and calm. You know which path you will take, but also know where that path leads: you will not be tranquil, or relaxed, or calm. You will, instead, make yourself sick with stress and worry and fear of all that is going wrong, with all that is out of your control. There is nothing wrong with ambitious goals, but when those goals erode your wellbeing, you must at some point ask yourself why you continue to walk that path. The simple life never hurt anyone, but it has seldom made them noteworthy either; the complex life, however, has taken many before their time. But how many of their names do you know?

 

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