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Monday, July 8, 2013

Why complicate things?

More and more I'm coming to the conclusion that many of us complicate things unnecessarily.  Activities, meals, home decor, child raising, parties, trips, you name it, it's possible to over-do it.  Some people have the mindset of "Why do something when you can overdo it?"

What happens when we overdo things?  We become inflexible.  We stress out when something doesn't happen as planned.  We can't enjoy ourselves.  Our family feels our stress and then they become stressed.  We overspend and worry about that.  Our focus becomes about things and not about people.  And at the end of all our effort, we look back and wonder why we feel let down.

Now, don't get me wrong.  Everyone's stress level is different.  For some, even having a small backyard get-together causes intense anxiety while others love to create events worthy of Martha Stewart Magazine.  You know your own stress level.  You don't have to compare yourself with anyone else.

But whatever your comfort level, people are more important than things.  Being relaxed and happy and providing your family with simple, enjoyable experiences will build a close family bond and cherished memories to remember forever.


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