is complex thinking “always” smarter?

complex thinking lisa lillibridge

“Complexity is your enemy.  Anybody can make things complicated.  It’s hard to keep things simple”.

                                                                 —Richard Branson

From a LIFEHACK.org article:  “The understanding that complex thinking is not required at all times can significantly help conserve valuable energy. Though major projects and problems may require abstract thinking, day to day life approached in a simple way can help ease stress levels and potentiate energy for the things that matter to you most. Practicing discernment in this area therefore, may prove very beneficial in your progress through burnout.”

lifehack.org LINK

life is complicated.

lillibridge barefoot on the pacific coast highway

Lillibridge  dakota 1966 octopi roadtrip

Life is complicated. Sometimes it would be nice to be so singularly focused in one direction that everything else just fades in the background like these images.

“…there should be long obedience in the same direction…”

Nietzsche said, “The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.”

I don’t know if modern life allows absolute singular focus. However, since we are able to make choices—we can choose to spend our time in a more singular direction and get rid of distractions that are taking us further from and NOT closer to our goals. I am going to try to spend the next few months eliminating some distractions and see what comes into better focus.