The simple explanation

11:28 PM

When I was little, my mother told me a story that I did not really understand at that moment. But I just got reminded of it some days back when I read the story elsewhere in a book, but in a slightly modified manner.

This is how the story unfolded.

A man was having late breakfast one day with two of his friends. He was applying jam to his bread, when suddenly the bread slipped from his hand and fell to the floor. As opposed to Murphy's Law suggesting that everything will go wrong, to all their amazement, the side which had the jam applied,  fell,  facing upwards. There really shouldn’t have been any discussion over it, but they were feeling very uneasy about the whole situation. They talked and talked and tried to explain this miracle. They thought of various different explanation to what just happened. Why did the side which had the jam spread, fall face upwards? Shouldn’t it have fallen facing the floor? Since none of them came up with a plausible explanation, they decided they consult someone more superior to them, someone more wise. When the wise man heard about it, he thought for a while and then said,

“The bread fell the the right way, but the jam was applied on the wrong side”

Everything in this universe is just nothing more than a simple explanation. But people normally tend to come up with the most complicated of ideas. 

When I re-read the story again, it only made me laugh. Not for the fact that the wise man said something really funny, but because sometimes we simply overlook the simple side of life. Today everything needs to be complicated. Yes, I don’t disagree, because in this competitive world, everyone wishes to express things in a complicated manner.

 The whole idea of this article is for you to realize that everything actually comes down to simplicity. Its in the simplest form we find everything that is dear and near to our hearts. You can smile, you can be happy, you can be at peace, because they are all simple things in life.

Everyday work and pressure will naturally tend to make man’s life complicated, but take some time off to enjoy the simplest things in life. Because, as Henry David Thoreau said, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

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  1. It's always good to leave the universe as it is. Why bother trying to unfold everything the universe has to offer to us.

  2. The bread falling with the jam side facing up was just mere cause of probability, and the angle at which it fell. :) There is no luck. Your message from this article though is very important, the simpler we take our lives, the happier and easier it is.