A Message from Alicia

brighter blog photoSomething I’ve learned in nearly sixty trips around the sun is that we humans tend to make life a lot harder than it needs to be.

Confucius said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

I’m always reflecting on ways to simplify life and live more intentionally.  Ideas come from nature, books and people much wiser than I. Must be the teacher in me, but I get joy from sharing what I learn.

Simple isn’t always easy. For example, we know life is less complicated when we’re healthy, but that means sticking with good habits. Having less stuff saves time, trouble and money, but it takes discipline. Life is easier when we have peaceful relationships, but that requires ego-defying acts of tolerance and forgiveness.

In the words of Steve Jobs, “Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Over the past couple of years, this blog has evolved along with this writer. I believe we should always aim to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. If we aren’t changing, we aren’t growing.

To that end, The Simple Swan is now more focused on living with purpose and simplicity. New posts are published every Sunday morning.

It’s always nice to know someone actually reads what I write, so I really appreciate my subscribers! To get an email of each new post, please click the “Follow” link on the right of your computer. On your phone, keep scrolling until you see the link the bottom.

 Thanks for joining me in the hard work of keeping it simple.

Alicia Woodward
June, 2020/Sweetwater Lake, Indiana