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National Simplicity Day honors transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The day advocates a life of simplicity and recognizes the life of Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)  lived his life as many things including an author, naturalist, philosopher, and historian. He was also known to be a tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, and surveyor. His book, Walden, is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~Henry David Thoreau

In our fast, ever-increasingly busy lifestyles, the observance encourages stepping back and looking at ways to simplify our lives. It’s an opportunity to declutter and eliminate the unnecessary burdens that weigh us down. Even taking a few moments to tune into nature helps us to refocus and find balance.

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.”

– J. Botherton

“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.”

– Cedric Bledsoe

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

– Robert Brault

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