If you asked me to choose two things that stand out - or that speak to me loudest about Jesus and the lessons I glean from his life - it is simplicity and spirit. These are, fundamentally, the core characteristics that define him, from my view. Although kindness, healing, suffering, or miracles are more profound in the context of story, I think they're byproducts.
Writing the first paragraph was easy, but moving on is a touch more difficult because there's so much to explore here. As I sat in a daze of mental mass confusion, I saw, in my mind, the sign hanging on the wall of most AA rooms, especially in NYC. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Somne of first words you hear when you start attending meetings. The first is Welcome. Here's my number. The second, Don't Drink. Go to Meetings. Third, H.A.L.T. (don't get too hungry, angry, lonely, tired.), and KISS is tied for forth.
Simplicity is a basic tenet of staying sober - and getting sober. Same thing is true of our spiritual well being. We can't touch the spiritual without keeping it simple. And, of course, we can't touch the spiritual without the spirit. Talk about keeping it simple.
We also can't truly love without them. Love is of the spirit and there surely is nothing simpler than love. Real love, that is.
It is unattached, free of fear, undistracted by being fully present, whole, lacks judgment, fully accepting - these are its states of being or expression when it is being itelf. This is the simplest form of being. I want that.