K.I.S.S.

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K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S.

Before anyone gets too excited, I am totally aware there are variations in use for the acronym K.I.S.S. For this blog my adapted definition will be Keep It Simple Sweet

Yesterday, whilst riding my recently acquired 400 cc Yamaha Virago Cruiser motorbike. (Ok I couldn’t resist full title), I glanced down at the solitary dial between the handlebars. It only registers speed and kilometers ridden….that’s it…no fuel gauge, rev counter, clock, headlight warning…nope none of these modern, sophisticated dials or measuring devices for my “baby”.  Keep it simple sweet

Further on the ride I realised how much more I sensed on the bike. Smells, (biscuit factory, sea breezes and manure in the farmlands),sounds and vistas I hadn’t been aware of before in my car. The baseness of riding the bike had me thinking again, Keep it simple sweet. 

Oscar Wilde said “Life is not complex.  We are complex.  Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.”

Marc and Angel  wrote in their blog” When we were young life was simple and hopeful. Our needs were basic we had no biases or concealed agendas.  We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired. 

As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences.  At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts.  When a new obstacle or growing pain arose, we stumbled and fell down.  After several falls we decided we didn’t want to do it again. Rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together. Over the course of time, we made our lives more and more difficult, and we started losing touch with who we really are and what we really need.” 

It seems difficult to K.I.S.S. but check these few examples from Mark and Angel below;

Finances: 

  • Live below your means.  Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.  Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
  • Be sure to pay your bills on time.

Work:

  • Surround yourself with people who strengthen you.  Let them do the stuff they’re better at so you can do the stuff you’re better at.
  • Use technology to automate tasks.

At Home:

  • Get enough sleep every night.  An exhausted mind is rarely productive.
  • Get rid of stuff you don’t use.

Relationships:

  • don’t try to be friends with everyone around you.  Instead, spend time nurturing your relationships with the people who matter most to you.
  • Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands or hug, and move on.
Health
  • Go for annual health check up – Prevention is better than cure
  •  Make a weekly (healthy) menu – shop for only the items you need.
General
  • Write things down. – Set priorities for yourself and action them
  • Let go of things you can’t change.  Concentrate on things you can
Final thought by Ray below;
Faith:
  • Ultimately put your trust in the One  Who is Your Creator  who knows His plan for you better than you do.
Remember, enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  They’re free and better than anything money can buy.  ;-) Please click on comments below and add your examples  in the REPLY box. 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “K.I.S.S.

  1. Life is sometimes so complicated that it is not until we take a step back and prioritise that we find that the simple things in life are what are really important and they are what makes us happy.
    Complexity = stress
    ‘Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities…………….’
    Never ridden on a motorbike but my car is a KISS car. Although in England we replace the last word – we do not use the word Sweet!!!!!!

    • Thanks for comments Jenny……agreed it all comes down to intentionally keeping it simple despite all the pressures around us. Yes the last S. in the acronym does traditionally have another word but I chose my own. Thanks for following and getting involved in the blogs.

  2. thank you so much for takeing the time to share, keeping life simple, yes, we all want to keep it simple but life gets in the way and complicates things. i can relate to all that you have said and i agree we need enjoy the roads we walk in and hold onto the Grace which God has given to us with simple child like faith. May God bless you in your blogs you inspire me to make one for us as a family :)

    • Thanks Kathy…you and Dave are amongst my unsung heroes and its a pleasure to be friends with you guys. Glad you enjoy the blog and I encourage you to tell your story too. Blessings

  3. Play Hard, PRAY HARDER… that’s how I like to roll. I love the life tips in your blog. Many I use in my life’s journey, thanks for reminding of the ones I simply forgot:)

  4. It is always so good to be reminded of the incredible benefits of simplicity. Thanks for the thoughts, Ray. My favourite chapter in “Celebration of Discipline”, by Richard Foster is the chapter on simplicity…I read it often.
    And by the way…I have just taken ownership of a Yamaha Virago 400 as well….:-)

    • Thanks for comments Dave. You should look up Rob Rademeyer…he’s my “biking mentor” and I’m sure he’d love to go riding. Riding a bike sure is K.I.S.S. material……yep I enjoy Richard Foster’s writing too. Be blessed.

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