Many of the things we need have breathtaking simplicity to them.
But we educate ourselves out of that. We confuse complexity with progress, mistaking sophistication for accuracy, deciding that the solution to our problem should have multiple levels and moving parts.
That’s the way the human brain works. We feel naked with a simple idea.
Take conventional marriage wisdom. Every newlywed couple is warmed, never to go to bed angry.
Doesn’t matter if we don’t get any sleep tonight, let’s just fix this whole thing now. Honey, crack open the relationship repair handbook, put on a pot of coffee and let’s get to work settling this hash. We can’t go to bed angry. That greeting card from your stepmother was right.
Couple of the year, right?
On the other hand, what if, instead of compiling a spreadsheet of each other’s minor character flaws, they just went to bed. Sleep is the cheapest, safest, simplest and most effective form of overnight therapy known to man. And so, what if, in the morning, they both woke up feeling refreshed and relaxed and realized how petty and childish and critical they were being, and then had the best sex of their lives?
Now that’s what I call a simple solution.
And not that there aren’t real interpersonal issues worth digging into. Every couple has conflict. But the thing about battles is, most of them aren’t worth picking in the first place.
Most problems can be solved before they become one. You just go to sleep. Or whatever solution seems too obvious to try.
That’s the beauty of the simple solution. It has the potential to impact everything, but doesn’t have unintended consequences.
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