Always Keep it Simple

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Always Keep it Simple

Occam’s Razor originally written in Latin is translated “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily”. This has often been simplified to “the simplest solution is usually the correct one.” A later quote by Einstein enforces the original intent, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” When we ask for explanations, we often want the explainer to Keep It Simple. This is true in parenting when you ask your children what happened that caused the crying. This is true when we call any customer service to troubleshoot a problem or fix their error. This is true when we negotiate any large purchase or attempt a debt settlement. This is true when we go to the doctor. This is even true when following the Bible. However, when we are the explainer, sometimes we find keeping it simple is much more difficult a task. As a parent, spouse, friend, and counselor, I always strive to go to the Bible for my answers first. Here are my lessons on simple answers.

Always consider what you are saying and how you say it.

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Always consider your audience.

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Always be prepared to give an answer, but take your time to answer adequately and efficiently.

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Always give and ask for clarification.

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Always listen to the response without thinking to your next point.

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Always respect the opinions of others, be willing to walk away before an argument, and attempt to salvage relationships.

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While the answer may not always be simple, we can simply (concisely, accurately) offer answers.

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24 thoughts on “Always Keep it Simple

  1. Julie S.

    Keeping things simple, in all things in life, is an important lesson 🙂

    1. growin49_wp

      Thanks, Julie! Knowing this and applying it, therein lies the challenge.

  2. Jenny @ Unremarkable Files

    I am the worst at wordy explanations! I need to try harder to keep it simple (so the person I’m talking to doesn’t go to sleep.)
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    1. growin49_wp

      It’s so tempting to just keep talking, especially if there is no response from the person you are talking to!

  3. Cathy

    Very well written and great points of advice!!
    Cathy

    1. growin49_wp

      Thank you and glad you stopped by!

  4. Tara

    As the explainer, it is difficult not to get wordy, but fewer words really are best. I like simple answers too. If only life was always simple!
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    1. growin49_wp

      The need for wordiness… must be why we write? Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Helen

    Oh I do like this! Such straightforward steps but so wise!
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    1. growin49_wp

      Wisdom from the Word- the truest wisdom. I am glad you were encouraged. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Susannah

    These are great simple steps! Thanks for putting this simple list together! <3
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    1. growin49_wp

      Thanks! I enjoyed writing it and hope I can put it into practice well.

  7. Miranda

    I completely agree…we always want the simplest explanation, but when we are explaining we can tend to make things difficult if we are not careful Great reminder!

    1. growin49_wp

      We also tend to explain in the way that makes sense to us, which may not be beneficial (due to learning styles, different backgrounds, etc.). By keeping communication simple, we can adapt to what the other person need in order to receive the information.

  8. Marissa

    All very wise “simple” steps. I always work hard on the listening without coming up with my reply or response until the person is done making their point – so I can make a good response. It’s not as easy as it should be for me.

    Marissa

    1. growin49_wp

      It’s not easy for me, at all! I’ve had to discipline myself over the years. I still am prone to interrupt people (even my poor husband). We are all works in progress.

  9. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    Great advice! Has been very true for me this week because my kids have had lots of questions about difficult events.
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    1. growin49_wp

      And the difficult events CAN still have simple answers – Your post was spot on about giving extra hugs and “I love yous” – Reassurance is everything to them right now, the simplest, and most right answer you can give. <3

  10. Marie with Spreading-joy.org

    We do over complicate things. Thank you for sharing with us today!
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    1. growin49_wp

      It is my joy to share simple truths. It is often more complicated to get out what I’m trying to say in a concise manner. Glad you stopped by!

  11. Janine Huldie

    Absolutely great advice and cannot thank you enough for sharing it here today with us!! 😉
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    1. growin49_wp

      Thank you for your encouragement as ALWAYS!

  12. Melanie

    This is good advice. I think we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be.
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    1. growin49_wp

      Advice I need to remember for myself, more often than not. Thanks for stopping by!

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