Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~Albert Einstein

I find it very difficult to keep things simple. Writing papers, designing logos, posters and imagery.  I seem to have a natural tendency to let my work become more complex and subsequently cluttered, convoluted and confusing.

I have struggled with my apparent need to overstimulate and appeal to multiple audiences (particularly with my design work) for a long time now.

I began to make real progress with my writing  after a professor at Elon sat me down and discussed my writing style. I had always been a strong writer throughout high school but a few choice words during this conversation helped me see that I was far from my full potential.

After that assignment I was failing the class. I brought my grade up to an A over the course of a semester as my writing improved. My assignments took longer as I spent more time during the revisions after my time spent on free flowing writing. I wrote the required amount of material and then began to combine sentences, paragraphs and ideas. I endeavored to avoid repetition and thought to myself concise thoughts create clarity.

I have tried to implement this mentality in all aspects of my life. Things in this world are already so incredibly complicated, there is simply no need to further that notion.

Eliminate that which is unnecessary and seek purity in all things. Allowing yourself to become overwhelmed with information hinders your understanding and takes you further from the truth.

“Nature is pleased with simplicity.” ~Isaac Newton

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.” ~Philip James Bailey

“However ‘civilized,’ however much brought up in an artificially-contrived environment, we all seem to have an innate longing for primitive simplicity, close to the natural state of living.” ~Dr. D.T. Suzuki. Read More.

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