“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo Da Vinci

Are all things that are easy in life too good to be true? In the form of rewards, perhaps. In the form of payment over something, be it a job or otherwise, maybe.

After all, as the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

But when it comes to solutions to problems or just ways to feel good in the midst of a storm, it’s best not to underestimate anything that ostensibly appears trivial.

Yesterday, my day started off really well. Our Daily Wisdom Words family is stepping into some pretty big endeavors in the future, one of them being new podcast. (Cheap plug: Our first episode will air June 12th).

We took the first official step for that yesterday to record an episode.

So far so good. I kept telling myself, this is such a great day.

And then the bombs started dropping left and right. It was nothing to with the podcast, just personal stuff.

First, I got a rejection email for a short story I submitted a couple of months ago. Then, to ease my mind a bit, I was hoping to talk to a friend who always makes me feel better.

I contacted her, starting off not with my bad day, but with an amusing anecdote thinking maybe she’ll get a chuckle or a smile out of it. I thought it would just be a pleasant way to start a conversation.

No response.

I tried putting out my woes on social media. It hasn’t helped before and it didn’t help this time either.

Several more calamities followed. By night, I was a miserable mess psychologically. I went to sleep in tears.

When I woke up this morning, I saw a response in the comments section for an article of mine on this very site.

It was so beautiful that I had an instant smile on my face. Not because the comment was praising my writing skills (though admittedly, that did feel good to read) but because the person said the article had a huge impact on her.

Shortly after, I got a notification that some Amazon parcels were out for delivery earlier than expected. (They were scheduled to be delivered Thursday).

The two said incidents are certainly not life-changing. In the larger picture, the latter is doesn’t even matter.

It’s not as if 20 years down the road, I’m going to think, “That day in 2021 when my orders were delivered early was one of the best days ever.”

But…so what?

It’s perked me up for the time being. Isn’t that enough?

All too often, we overlook simple solutions to problems because society has become quite jaded and dubious about many things. And that’s understandable when it comes to reaping the rewards for something.

As mentioned at the start of this article, rewards don’t come easily. If they do, they most probably are too good to be true.

But when it comes to psychological aides, we should be more open-minded about things. In the past, I’ve written about the power of a single smile and how it can change someone’s entire day. Similarly, I feel there are other small things that shouldn’t be overlooked. A chance encounter in any task or endeavor could bring forth a myriad of change. All we have to do is allow it in.

There are times when simplicity doesn’t work. There are also times when overthinking something doesn’t work. It’s all about being open to all possibilities.

Has there ever been a time in your life when the most simple thing cheered you up? Do you believe in the power and benefits of simplicity? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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