This year we celebrate the bi-centennial anniversary of Thoreau’s birth, almost exactly 200 years ago on July 12,1817.  

In our multi-tasking, screen-dominated culture, perhaps this anniversary is the perfect time to re-consider the insights of an author whose books include such titles as The Maine Woods and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, and of course, the classic Walden.  Thoreau accomplished a lot by frequently getting away from the hustle of the world and taking time to ponder and reflect.  Here is one of his classic quotes:

Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!

Your 60-Second Question:  What specifically do you need to simplify to bring more meaning or balance to your life?

This might be an one of those questions where just 60 seconds can lead to significant growth.  OR….you can use your 60 seconds to decide when you’ll get away to your personal version of the “Maine woods” for an even longer period to re-think simplifying your life.

In a society that often settles for easy answers, my unique 60-second Question posts are mini-voyages in self-discovery. They invite you to take just 60 seconds out of your day to ponder a question that may offer new insights into yourself, God and the world around us. You might be surprised with the new insights or feelings generated by pondering a thought-provoking question for just 60 seconds. 

 

 

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