Simple Things

Simple Things

The word simple has come up repeatedly today in various conversations online and off. So here are some thoughts to ponder.

Simple things make us happy:

A shining sun

A word of encouragement

Sharing laughter

Receiving an unexpected token of love


I know you could add your own items to this list. All simple things.

So does our life really need so much complexity and noise? So much Stuff? Are we better for any of this?

Can we know who we really are?

Can we see through the denseness of our Miasmocity (Nope not a real word I made it up – cool, huh!  lol)?

Miasma: (the meaning) A noxious atmosphere or influence – I added the word city because it seems as if we’ve done that very thing to ourselves in our cities and lifestyles today!

See how easy? I gave a complicated name to a simple thing. That being – we have overwhelmed ourself with too much.

If this is a truth and I expect anyone reading this knows this is true, what do we do? I wish I had answers and a simple solution. I don’t. But perhaps I can suggest a starting place.

In your heart

In your home

With those you care about …

… Pure and Simple – Love!


I don’t think simplifying our lives is easy, not for any of us. But I think, if we can, we would all be much better for it. I really do!

Thank you for stopping by, may your day be filled with simple beauty and joy!

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

42 thoughts on “Simple Things

  1. This post just shows the person you are and how pure your soul is. Beautifully written thoughts, Penny. I liked the way you express these thoughts which may look simple but they are actually important to us as human. Great post. 🙂

  2. As a Highly Sensitive Person who is easily over-stimulated by people, noise, visuals, being too busy, etc, I like simple. Simple way of being, simply doing the simple things. Some days I think the quest for more of whatever more is to each of us as individuals is the ruling factor in a self-imposed state of unhappiness. This is happy making reading material. Thank you!

    • Thank you Aurora. I understand. re: sensitivity and stimulations. You are correct about the quest of things I think. I am very pleased you enjoyed my words, thank you for your visit and your comment!

  3. Complexity is the bane of life. You are so right though. Simplifying is difficult conversely. There doesn’t seem enough room for solitude anywhere these days, all those open spaces having houses built on them. I’m with you, get rid of the mobile phones and thousand channel televisions and paperwork, my the paperwork. That’s a start. I’m with you all the way on this one.

  4. So loved this post dear Penny… so want to simplify life too! Not easy ~ but your message is crystal clear and perfect today. Much Love
    oh ~ and update is…. in OR they detected on live video x ray in motion that my femoral head does sublux out of socket… is this my root pain? likely ~ but need more consensus. I am clearly lacking bone (on socket) to hold ball in joint. Complex case is what I’m being labeled. More consults ahead… oh – and had procedure to try to calm down joint with steroid .. we shall see…so far not feeling calm ! 😦 Love u~~

    • Hi Robyn, Thank you dear friend, Okay good news is that it seems they’ve got a fairly accurate view of that area (re:lack of bone) you know I’ve got one of those “feelings” that someone in that group is going to come up with a niffy idea on resolution of that problem. You and I both know steroids can be “iffy” and your body reacts most sensitively to things. Shore up your inner state with your relaxation meditations (which I’m guessing you are doing anyway). Sending positive energy your way right now Robyn, your in my thoughts, I love you, xxxxooxxxo,Me

      • xo thank you so much Penny~ yes … lack of bone … just hoping someone can assure me that given up anotherwise healthy joint will be the answer… so terrified of making another mistake.. I am working to stay in the zone ~ yes! Lots of inner work whenever I can manage… xxoo Feel the love and positive energy dear Penny and so appreciate x

  5. Beautifully written Penny. Before we started our RV adventure, we sold our home, one that I loved in Sedona, AZ, a very spiritual place. Getting rid of our “stuff” and simplifying our lives was much more difficult for me than for my husband but once we had headed down the road a bit I physically felt this lifting of spirit. I know everyone does not want this nomadic lifestyle we have right now, nor do we know how long we will continue it, but simplifying our lives can be very liberating, digging down to the core of what is really important. Living in a small “tin can” (certainly smaller than a house), in close quarters with a significant other, can be daunting and could send a person in one of two directions. Luckily for us, it has drawn us closer as we have removed many of the obstacles that can muddle our lives. Here’s to simplicity! 🙂

    • I am so very happy for the two of you. My younger sister and her husband did the same only they bought a medium size sail boat (after selling their home et. al. of many years) and sailed down the coast to Mexico where they hung out for a couple of years (we all envied them). Yes here’s to simplicity, right there with you! 🙂

  6. Other than social media (:D) I adopted a simple plan long ago. Purging an accumulation of things was my first step. The rest of the steps have fallen into place because of it. I was ruthless. Life is better as a result of scaling back – it just leaves so much more place in my soul.
    I really like the images you chose here Penny.

    • Thank you, You are wise re: purging (good word too). re: the images, I am one of those “sum of all the parts” people. I “hope” the message comes through because the input comes from a variety of sensual stimuli, which I know you also feel to be true Lesley.

  7. K.I.S.S. = Keep it simple stupid…is the saying. The more detail, embellishments, et al, the more difficult we make things for ourselves. KISS is such an easy word to remember!

  8. I think the unexpected token of love has to be one of the best things. Whether it is a card, a word, a chrysanthemum, 18 roses, a smile,

    Sharing laughter is also awesome. To be able to laugh together can increase the bond of love

    A word of encouragement from a loved one can make all the difference between success and failure.

    A shining sun can pave the way for walks in the park, along the beach, by a river. Just somewhere to be alone that is a romantic place.

    Thanks for another great post Penny, and I love your new word Miasmocity 🙂

  9. AnElephantCant help noticing that your thoughts to ponder are all shareable or reciprocal.
    Which reinforces your excellent point.
    Perhaps the giving is sometimes less simple than the receiving, yet the thought behind it is very simple.

  10. Maybe simple things are achieved as simply as the word implies… Instead of seeing that, we get more and more entangled in complexity and loose clarity.
    Have a lovely day full of simple pleasures, Penny!

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