Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Alcohol and Drugs, Balance, Codependency, Coping Skills, Feelings, Goal-Setting, Recovery, Self-Care 25 May 2015

What I like about “Keep it simple” is that we often complicate things in life because of our fears, worries and indecisions. So by recognizing that we are ultimately responsible for the outcome of things in our life our life becomes simple. If we would stop thinking about what others think of us or are going to say about us we would be so much happier. If we could stop long enough to think about what is in our best interest rather than pleasing others our life would be calmer. If we took the time to read a book, say a prayer or state an affirmation we would probably breathe a little better. If we did the work we love and shared it with others our life would be more fulfilling. If we found the energy to get up in the morning and go for a walk or a run we would feel more focused on the day ahead. Often I say that we are the ones that get in our own way when it comes how we live our lives. Sometimes we can get in a head space that blames others for where we are at in our lives or even how we are feeling about the things happening in our lives. But the reality is if we just kept things simple… life would be simple.
I am not saying this concept works all the time but it will sure get you out of a jam when you are feeling overwhelmed about the circumstances that are happening in your life. This concept actually is one of the principles of the AA/NA fellowship. It has served many recovering persons very, very well in their sobriety. When they think about wanting to get high or drunk all they have to do just for today is to not drink or to not use, it is that simple. Recovering persons get into trouble when they over think their urge and start to believe that they control it, thus things can get complicated for them. Anyone who is recovering from drugs or alcohol understands this slogan and its importance in their recovery. Trying to teach this concept or slogan is not always easy because we are human and we want to analyze a situation or problem and can not believe that what we are struggling with could be resolved with Keep it Simple. However it does absolutely work when we know ourselves and we are committed to wanting to be better and wanting to feel better about our ourselves and our life. I believe that we complicate things more than they need to be because of our insecurities and our lack of trust with others and of course the outcome.
Even for myself when writing this article, I was perplexed about what topic I was going to write about because I was over thinking what I should write about…Than I just started to write I stopped worrying about it and I kept writing. I did not allow my fears to interfere about the task that I needed to accomplish. I kept it simple and wrote about what I knew and believed to be true. I have witnessed many of my clients and close friends live their life this way even if there are only moments. Life happens so it may not always allow for simplicity; however we can eventually create it once we have gone through the motions and realize that keeping it simple will provide peace and balance.

Susan V. Brewer

Susan V. Brewer is a Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist in the Upper Bucks County Area.  She graduated in 1987 from Kutztown University with a BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She became a Certified Life & Career Coach in June of 2006 and a Certified Relationship Coach in December of 2016. She specializes in adoption, codependency, relationship issues, substance abuse, self-esteem and life transitions. Her belief is “that all persons are truly greater than they think they are.”

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