Thursday, June 23, 2011

When You Can Do Less, You'll Do More

Buck Brannaman said that in his interview on NPR. (click link to hear it.) Although he was referring to horses, and it is so, so true with horses, I realized it could apply to all of life as well.

Life should not be complicated.

When life is compicated, it's usually life's way of saying something needs to change.

As you all know, this has been a busy spring for me--lots of entertaining, traveling, and major milestones. What I found out through them all is that doing less really does get you more. Of all the events we hosted for the wedding, the one that was most fun was the simplest. We took the family to a restaurant for pizza and drinks--the kids could color on the tables and play with dough--the adults could go back and forth and serve themselves as much as they wanted. It was low-key and laid-back and it was FUN. That's all they wanted--a little food and an opportunity to visit and relax.

From this, I come back with wedding advice for all. Three words:

Keep. It. Simple.

I'm going to talk my daughter into having her wedding here at our house, riding in on her horse, and having a big 'ol BBQ and country western band afterward. Does that sound like fun? Uh, YEAH! I can't wait. (Need to get on that boyfriend thing though.)

The best answers are always simple answers. They might be hard choices, but still, simple answers. Trust your gut. Live life your way (You only get one chance). Love much. Laugh Often. Change what you need to and can change, and let go of what you can't change.

Family milestones over, it's time to catch up with our old friend, Beautiful Girl, who has been living the simple life at pasture, but now is being called to horse-human training once again.


  1. You are so right about that. I realize all the time when I'm getting frustrated about things that I've been making them too complicated. Simplify and everything gets much easier.

    I'm looking forward to reading about your progress with the Beautiful one.

  2. Love this, Linda. It's so true, and I've learned it as the years go by, sometimes the hard way. One of our family's mottos here is "Keep it easy," a variation of your "live simply." We say it often when planning things, it's the way to go in so much with life.

    The idea of your daughter's wedding is amazing too, that would be something if she really one day did have it the way you describe.

  3. That wedding plan sounds exactly like my wedding- on a ranch, rode in on a horse, had a beef dinner, and a country band with lots of beer and lots of fun. Most of our guests said that it was the most fun they'd ever had at a wedding.


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