Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free, tis the gift to come down where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ’twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d, to bow and to bend we shall not be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight, ’til by turning, turning we come round right.
Traditional Shaker Hymn, Joseph Brackett, Jr.
Do no harm.
Tell the truth.
Clean up after yourself.
Take care of God’s creation.
The basics of a good life are not particularly complex. Jesus put it this way: Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Self. That’s it: six words that open the door to a beautiful, holy life. Why do we do our best to make it more complex, adding unnecessary and often harmful additions and provisos? If I had to guess, I’d stake my money on another basic truth:
Simple and easy are not the same thing.