Hi there and welcome to my blog! My name is Dan Byrne and I like to make things simple.
I am happily married, work for a blue chip company, and have a number of hobbies. I love to study self-help books and philosophise. My key strength is an ability to see patterns and synergies in seemingly disparate concepts. If you asked me what I considered to be my purpose in life, I would say that it is to use this ability to create a deep wisdom of life and to use that wisdom to help others.
This purpose leads to a passion for simplicity but, in practise, a life left unattended can easily become cluttered and complex. As Einstein said:
“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a lot of courage, and a touch of genius, to move in the opposite direction.”
I contemplated this quote as I spent yet another chunk of my life with a slow 3G connection, trying to scroll through an inordinately long Facebook feed and deleting a list of unwanted emails. I felt compelled to remove this burden from my life but it seemed like a big job to execute. So I got to thinking: “I wonder if it is possible to commit to a daily act of simplification, doing one thing each day to remove an item of complexity from my life, and would the effects compound over time to create lasting benefits?” One email unsubscribed, one Facebook group unfollowed, one element of my daily routine improved…etc, etc… I could think of a number of quick wins such as these but also some bigger things that may require some more thought. EVERY day, make one thing simpler.
There is only one way to find out so I decided that from May 1st 2012 I would begin this journey. I have committed to do it, and to record the results here. Along the way I will share pieces of wisdom that have inspired me to date, and new things I discover along the way. By sharing this experience I hope to achieve my purpose by helping others to make their lives simpler too.
Thank you for finding your way here and, if this sounds like fun, stay tuned. I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions and stories of where you have made your lives simpler too.