“Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.”
(When [s]he awoke, the dinosaur was still there)
Believe it or not, this is the shortest story ever written. The author is Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso and it is titled “The Dinosaur”. It has a beginning, a climax and a conclusion. Food for thought, don’t you think? We could analyse this in several manners, but I was thinking on an everyday practice than can help us achieve what we want.
How could Monterroso sum up all he wanted to say in only seven words?
Simplicity is the key to diminishing stress, which usually hunts us in the shape of grades and social gatherings, among other issues. There are varied types of simplicity. To list a few we have:
-Simplicity of mind (the things that you should have said or done, what you have to do for tomorrow…)
-Simplicity of commitment (you promised you would do it and how have to, you have to participate in the group project…)
-Simplicity of work (as in, is taking 325781 extracurricular activities at high school or college worth it?)…
-Simplicity of space (oh my god, your work space is a mess…)
-Simplicity of goals (I want to write a book, I want to lose weight, I want to get good grades… What should I do first?!)
Basically, simplicity implies limiting ourselves to the essential and giving priority to our “needs”, consequently leaving behind our “wants”. Maybe this will not bring us never-ending happiness, but surely it will help us focus on what we want to achieve and help us attain clarity.Because, if we want to help the world change for the better, we should first focus on ourselves.
How should we attempt to minimise the amount of things we have to do or think about everyday? As it would be impossible to analyse all the possibilities there are, I will give you a link from my favourite Webpage that offers a few tips on how to do that: