Why Do We Complicate Things?


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated – Confucius

I’ve just spent the last 3 days researching the annoying horizontal lines that have appeared on my computer monitor. I completed searches, visited a number of tech sites and read many, many suggestion on forums. I installed the updates that were recommended — and I cursed —  a lot.

Finally, as a last ditch effort, I decided to tighten all of the connections to the computer screen. (Interestingly, this was the very first suggestion I came across, however I immediately dismissed it.)

So — to my complete surprise, no more lines.



Why do we make our lives more difficult by complicating things? Life could be much simpler if we would restrain ourselves from over-analyzing nearly every step of our path.

Think about this for a moment. We might take great advice without debate. We could  say “I’m sorry” to a client or customer or a family member, when things run amuck. We could listen more and talk less. We could say “thank you” more often to our co-workers or spouse. We could make decisions without a committee or meeting (Read about satisficers vs. maximizers here). We could pick up the phone instead of writing yet another email.

We might then have more time for the simple beauty that is everywhere.


I’d say there are at least one hundred ways we might uncomplicate our lives — and improve it as well.

Let’s go for it.

What will you do first?

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3 thoughts on “Why Do We Complicate Things?”

  1. Life could have been simple, if we wanted to just live a happy, healthy and economical life,

    however we, human, tend to wish something more out of it..what do we want is still unknown…?

    and that is why we are complicating so much, we are cutting jungles and increasing carbon emissions and then trying to solve global warming through tech…

    I mean talk about common-sense, which really is not that common..


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