The fewer moving parts in a machine the greater its efficiency. The more moving parts, the more energy is lost to heat from friction. That heat is stress. Stress is the number one reason efficiency is lost. This applies everything in life. We start out simple. Do you remember your first apartment? Maybe it was a college dorm? What ever the case it was most likely small. The furniture was second hand or budget quality. But it worked just fine. Then something happens. We want more. We want better. We needed BIGGER! We go from a single TV remote to hooking up our thermostat to our smartphones so that we can control it while we are away. We are now up to our eyes in bill, but look at our remote start grill.
Small reality check. Like the machine, the more moving parts we have in our lives, the higher the stress will be. The fewer moving parts we have, the lower the stress level will be. Sounds easy right. Sure, until you notice that we are the only ones in the neighborhood still pushing our lawn mower. Look at how fast they are mowing their lawns. Did you notice that we are the only ones that are driving a car from the 1900’s. We don’t want to send the wrong signal, right? We need to update our possession like we update our wardrobe. Jorts are not cool.
We chase this idea until we realize that we are chasing fashion. Fashion will always change. We will always spend money trying to keep up with it. Why? For others approval. Really? So what if I drive a car from the 1900’s. We should never put others approval above our budget. End of story. Just live simple. Enjoy life. Stop competing and start living. When this happens something magical begins to transform in our lives. We appreciate the little things in life. We no longer need others approval, we have our own. With less, when something breaks ( and it will ) we can fix or replace it easier. Life is easy, people make it difficult. We make it difficult. It should be our daily objective to lower stress and increase efficiency. We can do this by trimming the fat, and reducing the excess. Each of us deserves to live a stress free life. It’s up to us whether or not we will live it.