Virtue of the Week – Simplicity

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Simplicity is being content with the basic gifts of life. We live reflectively and mindfully, aware of what is important and what is not. We cherish those we love. We keep around us only what is useful or beautiful. We let go of excess, clutter and complexity. Simplicity gives us clarity and single pointed concentration. It frees our minds from the stress of overdoing. We appreciate the little things, daily joys, and opportunities to be kind. We live in the moment and savor what is right before our eyes. We enjoy simply being.

Quote: “Have in your home only those things that you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris

The Practice of Simplicity

I am satisfied with what I have.

I know what I care about.

I clear my life of clutter and excess.

I am true to my purpose.

I appreciate the little things. I enjoy living.

I am thankful for the gift of Simplicity. It allows me to appreciate what really matters.

  • What was the last time you let go of excess? How did it feel?
  • What is one little thing you appreciate?
  • How do you practice simplicity in your life?
  • When was the last time you witnessed a random act of kindness? How did it make you feel? When was the last time you gave a random act of kindness? How did it feel?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit