The Power of Simple

“The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.”

Lin Yutang


I’ve always had a profound respect and admiration for Asian culture. The slowness, the wisdom, the not-too-witty-but-supremly revealing proverbs, and the simplicity of the culture.

This has a lot to do with my martial arts training as a kid, but at the time, I didn’t respect the teachings for what they were: life-changing. It was more about kicking and punching and being fast like Bruce Lee.

Which I still love, don’t get me wrong.

But now, as I am older, and a bit wiser, I revisit some of the teachings of my childhood idols and the culture that produced the “arts” that I so respected and sought as an impressionable kid.

Nowadays, I look to the teachings of Buddha and Taoism. I think about, and write about, the art of Wu wei, which literally translates to non-action or non-doing.

I try to embrace the power of simplicity and the power of doing less, not more. (Of course, as far as this goes, it’s a major work in progress.)

When I think of a figure in Asian culture worth admiring, I now think of the old grandmaster that isn’t showy or flashy and always has a line or two of wisdom for his pupils.

This is a reminder to slow down. To act without acting; to appreciate the beauty of the moment; to say more by saying less; to do more by doing less.

Here’s to the power in simplicity and the moment.

After all, this moment may be your last, or my last. Hell, it could be our last. Savior it, appreciate it, use it wisely. Then repeat the process again the next moment.

Yours in Success,

-Colin Stuckert

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2 thoughts on “The Power of Simple

  1. Less is really more. People get caught up in fads and get rich/ripped quick schemes, failing to see that there are tried and true methods that go back thousands of years. Heck, the chinese were writing and doing things long before almost anyone else. Simplicity is really where its at. Life is too short to get caught up in unimportant things!

    • So true Scott! I feel like this mindset is what ruins people also. It completely saps their happiness when that’s totally not necessary..