Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
Keep It Simple, Stupid
For those of you who are unfamiliar with 12 step recovery programs, this life-changing saying hangs on most meeting room walls. It shares wall space along with “Let Go, Let God”, “Easy Does It”, “One Day at a Time”, and the Serenity Prayer.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
But, for mortals, especially those of us recovering from addictions, keeping it simple is, well, not all that simple. It took numerous collisions with “self-will run riot” and retractions of my surrender to God to reach any semblance of simplicity in my life.
At the year of my 28th sobriety anniversary, I was plunged into the horrors of bankruptcy in 2009 due largely to the world-wide recession. As small business operators, my partner and I suffered equally the devastation of losing a trucking business of 15 years, the equipment, the accumulated toys, the savings, great credit standing, and my house. More devastating to me, a man 62 years old, was the loss of hope for a financial recovery. I came out of the bankruptcy tired and disillusioned.
“Aha,” said He, my Higher Power. “Maybe now you will learn from me. Why not let me run your life? I am not that difficult to live with.”
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29
My life changed. Gone were all the concerns about finances and credit ratings and running a business. Gone were the responsibilities of owning a house and a bunch of toys. I slept like a baby at night and found voluminous amounts of time to walk, hike in the woods, jog, read, and enjoy leisure time with friends. I embraced Gandhi’s exhortation to “Live simply so that others may simply live.” And I learned to live life claiming the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew, chapter 11.
I think Jesus would have approved of our modern-day acronym KISS. What do you think?