“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
National Simplicity Day is celebrated annually on July 12, in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. The poet, philosopher, and author of Walden and “Civil Disobedience” was a fierce advocate of finding personal fulfillment in simplicity, independence, self-reliance and nature. His most famous work, Walden, is an account of time he spent living alone at Walden Pond, and is considered a classic of American literature.
On National Simplicity Day, take a page from Thoreau’s book and let go of the daily distractions and busyness of life. Turn off your phone, computer and television. Instead, go outside, take a walk and reflect on the harmony of nature. Sit by a pond, read a good book, and enjoy the simple things in life.
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