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April 25, 2013

MAY: Simply done

When I was younger, they called it “back to the basics.” It was usually used regarding efforts in education and spoke about teaching the fundamentals rather than extracurriculars or very specialized subjects. 

Google the phrase today and you will find among other things a book teaching around-the-house fix-it skills, a weekend getaway for motorcycle riders, a refresher course for Alcoholics Anonymous and a CD by Christina Aguilera.

Today the idea is captured by simply the word “simply.”  There is a website called “simply hired,” which boasts the Internet’s largest search engine for jobs. The refrigerated shelves at the grocery store are stocked with juices sporting the word “simply” — emphasizing the pure, organic nature of the product. There is an entire line of natural skin-care and beauty products which utilizes the phrase “simply pure.”

What qualifies for the “simply” label? 

Webster uses three phrases to define the word simply: without ambiguity; without embellishment; solely. When something has no ambiguity it is stated clearly and concisely. There can be no confusion about what is intended. 

When something is not embellished, it has no extras or frills which take away from its primary purpose or state. When something is done solely it is done completely and intently.

Would our lives be better if somehow we could remove the clutter and busyness that has clogged the arteries of life? Could we accomplish that by focusing on simply life for just a bit?

The importance of that possibility was driven home to me this past weekend. Our new tradition for viewing Thunder Over Louisville is to do so from the friendly confines of Slugger Field. We have a great view of the air show, perfect seats for most of the fireworks and we get to enjoy Triple A baseball and our Louisville Bats. 

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