This above expression I got used to, when, years ago, I was working for Loek`s company back in Holland. As it so happens, we caught up with them here in Aruba and had some great meetings!
I have witnessed on several occasions, during what seemed to be a totally complicated (final) business meeting (make it or break it) negotiating a large contract and both parties seemingly miles appart, that suddenly Loek would speak up and always startled all present at the table to start of with this exact frase… It is actually very simple…and in a few broad strokes reduced the what seemed to be hughe issues in some minor almost futile details.
By actually hearing the words that it was simple, people snapped out of their spiderweb of negative thoughts just complicating things, and by doing so most of the time all involved returned to the same wavelength and business was concluded.
This got me thinking the last couple of days… How do we like to complicate things, and its all in our minds….Examples:
* Sailing from A to B. Distance 450 nautical miles. My goodness… that is say 4 days of sailing, and how about the wind, the waves, breakdowns? Well, it is actually very simple: be prepared, check the weather forecast, relax and enjoy.
* Sailing from C to D. Distance 2000 nautical miles. OMG… that is say 20 days of sailing, and how about the wind, the waves etc etc.. Well, it is actually very simple: be prepared, check the weather forecast, relax and enjoy.
* Not happy with: Job, relation, health, wealth? Well, it is actually very simple: analyse, prioritize, get up and do something about it. In our minds we create the biggest hurdles and the highest mountains, so we already prepared an excuse, no, an explanation for our (sad) circumstance.
Living onboard a sailboat, and being all the time involved, and at mercy of the elements it actually shows you the same: The sea, the wind and waves are very simple…. and honest. It either is or isn’t, no (secure) perceived compromise….
To all, have SIMPLY a great week….
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