Simplicity, solitude, and silence are common themes to the explorers of life's questions and the discoverers of life's answers. Our willingness to settle into some days of simplicity, living without plans, just being, opens a path.
Life doesn't always work out just as we'd like, but I believe it does happen according to "some plan," whether grand or otherwise. The one thing we can do is remind ourselves to consciously work toward making it the best we can -- and let go of the little things that don't actually matter.
Whether it's slowing down, simplifying, volunteering locally or getting interested in corporate social responsibility, it all comes down to some questions about life that have become sharper in these more uncertain times.
Simplicity is purity. It is facing the true nature of things and embracing it instead of ducking and weaving and dodging, instead of filling a hole inside you with chaotic activity or an overabundance of stuff.
It's not always easy or fun to change things, but when you do it frees you. These days what I want is smaller and less. I want more time to do what I enjoy and to be with those I care about. That's what makes me happy.