Do you ever marvel at some people's uncanny ability to make the simple complex? To make the straight forward anything but? A ten-minute task into a two-week saga?
I meet these people every day. Please stop sending them my way. They are the woe-is-me brigade; The Brothers (and Sisters) Grim. (The real Brothers Grimm were two German dudes who published a bunch of folk stories and fairy tales about two hundred years ago; that's for those of you who aren't as old as me!)
Yep, some people spend their whole lives making stuff more complicated than it needs to be. Relationships are a soap opera. Careers are messy and problematic. Getting in shape is a perpetual roller coaster of losing and gaining. Finances are a daily money melodrama. If you didn't know better, you might think some people actually revel in the drama and attention.
In Australia we have a curious creature known colloquially as the 'Drama Queen'. They are both male and female and their natural habitat is everywhere, unfortunately. They are the poster boys (and girls) for the art of complication. They are another cousin of the Energy Vampire.
I'm all for dealing with genuine complications and the tough stuff that life throws at us, but I'm not for making things more difficult than they need to be or making a mountain out of a molehill. (So 1963, that expression. I love it)
When people come to talk to me about getting in shape, I will invariably give them some highly complex and extremely scientific advice:
Move a bunch more, eat a bunch less. Get yer heart rate up. Get a bit sweaty. Do it consistently. See ya next time.
It's very simple, but people still don't do it. That look of disappointment on their face is hilarious. They think I might let them in on some little-known scientific weight-loss secret, give them a shortcut perhaps, a pill maybe, wave my magic wand, or pull a six-pack out of my hat.
"Okay, here it is Mr. Smith. Put in fewer calories than you expend and you'll lose fat. Do it for long enough and you'll lose a bunch of fat. Too complicated for you? Taking notes? Should I talk slower? Any questions? Mr Smith, where are you going? Mr Smith? Come back here fatty."
The problem is that we don't actually want simple. We want painless and effortless. Simple isn’t always painless or effortless or easy.