The Law of Least Effort: Easy is good.

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{ A short story from my kitchen garden to inspire you to remember the Law of Least Effort during your creative adventures… }

Law of Least Effort & Life Lessons From My Garden.

After a few weeks of admiring the fruitful bounty of my plum tree, I decided that today was harvest time.

(Much to the dismay of the slugs who have been gorging themselves silly with the dropping fruit…).

So, armed with my biggest bowl, I began tentatively, ever-so-gently squeezing each fruit to identify the ripe ones.

However, after the first flushes of homegrown pride and joy, I began to get a bit fed up.

Especially since my beloved Victoria Plum has produced a bumper crop this year.

This was going to take a while…

So, I added a little haste to the proceedings.

Big mistake.

One particularly over-eager grab resulted in completely squashing the fruit.

Which would have been bad enough, but this particular plum had also been the home to a not-so-friendly wasp.

And judging by the look on his face, he was even less pleased than me to find himself on the end of my finger.

Luckily my Dance of Horror & Disgust (complete with shrieking) managed to dispatch said wasp without any stinging rebukes.

Then – as so often happens during monotonous tasks in the garden – inspiration struck.


victoria plum harvest bowl

Letting it be easy

It occurred to me that with a little persuasion, (ie a gentle shake) the ripe-and-ready candidates would obligingly drop off the tree into my waiting bowl.

This would make it much easier to collect only the ripe fruit.

It would also speed up collection (and make it less-hazardous…).

So a few literal shakes later, I had my bowl full of today’s pickings, leaving the ones who weren’t quite ready to sacrifice themselves to my jampot, to grow another day.

As I was musing over this incident, I was reminded of a quote from Deepka Chopra’s wonderful book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, which I find applies to life and all its many tasks, be they in the garden, the office or the home.

Wise and not-so-old Deepak says;

“Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease and abandoned carefreeness.

The principle of least action, of no resistance.”

He calls it, “The Universal Law of Least Effort.”

Laziness as a productivity strategy

So, there you have it – the creative power of letting it be easy.

The highly effective strategy of harnessing the Law of Least Effort.

Easier and better.

A productive win-win – my favourite kind of win. 🙂  

In fact, I was so inspired by this creativity insight that I designed a mousemat to remind me, along with a happy new idion: 

Laziness is the mother of efficiency.

{You can even get your own mousemat over on Cafepress…}

So, I hope my plum gathering story will reminded you that, all things being equal, it can be highly productive to look for the path of least resistance. 

In any creative life, there will be unavoidable resistance, so when possible, let’s make more use of those paths where life is offering us an eaier route.

And feel free to adopt my new mantra:

Easy is good.

Till next week,  

danielle raine creativity coach

PS If you like the idea of laziness efficiency and ease, I can wholeheartedly recommend this fun and insightful book by Fred Gratzon. 

(You see, it’s not just me!)


You can find more from Fred (he’s such a nice guy!) over on his blog.



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