This is a photo of a simple ‘car’ made by a child at a local primary school. The competition was to make a ‘car’ which would travel the fastest. Most children came up with big things, made with big wheels and bits of wood and metal (obviously helped by their parents). Of all the entries, this simple thing made of two wheels and a soda can won the competition.
Looking at this, I had to laugh. It was lesson to me about how we over-complicate things, how we add stuff that we don’t need, how we get so much into competing that we forget to enjoy ourselves and that the simplest things are always the easiest. Like water that travels down to form a great river, taking the easy course, running over obstacles- life is about about being ‘easy’.
Of course, the simple and the easy require a lot of thoughtfulness, fun and the absence of the ego. This child probably spend a lot more time thinking than doing, a lot more time being than making and having a laugh!
It also reminded me of the mental chatter than runs in my head all the time- ‘It is going to be hard, people are going to hate me, it is going to fail, etc’. The winning child probably did not have this mental block holding him back. This photo will always remind me of taking it easy and thinking it is easy, then it will be! If you have not heard this TED talk by Jon Jandai, then it is worth listening to-
Have fun today!