Life doesn’t have to be difficult. If we have a roof over our head, food to eat, and someone to love, (and be loved by) that should be enough. Sadly these days, for many people, it just isn’t.

There’s a song that was quite popular in the Christian radio scene during the 90s. It was called The Basics of Life and was recorded by the group 4Him. Basically, the message went like this:

We need to get back to the basics of life.

They say that after the Great Depression the American public emerged appreciating the simple things in life while focusing on a return to the basics.  After the recent Government shutdown and more, I’d say that’s not a bad idea.

We’ll be heading into the holidays soon. Some folks enjoy them. Some dread them. It’s all in how you approach it, really.  I like entering them with anticipation, but I also work to pace myself in the process.

For those of us involved in organizations or projects, the best thing we can do is pull back, take a good look and make sure the basics are covered first before we widen the scope. Here are a few quotes I gathered randomly that popped up in conversations. They show that no matter what the topic, the basics always apply:

Our power play has been struggling scoring as of late and we just need to get back to the basics.

People think there is nothing that they can do, that obesity is inevitable. This is not rocket science: It’s all about how many calories you’re putting in yourself, and how many are getting out. We need to go back to the basics.

We need to go back to the basics, and give the arts community something on a smaller scale to get it going again.

Whatever it is we find ourselves committing to or involving ourselves in this season, basically, you and I just need to get back to where it all began and dig deep into what it’s all about.

As the trees around us are shedding their leaves, perhaps we too can learn from them.  Let’s shed the things that don’t really matter. Let’s un-clutter our thoughts and minds and perhaps, take a fresh look at what matters most. Let’s focus on those things that simply…make like good. Then, let’s celebrate them and enjoy!

Happy upcoming Holidays.

May All Your Dreams Come True.