{K} is for KISS: #AtoZChallenge

{K} is for KISS: #AtoZChallenge

{K} is for KISS

Did you kiss today? How often do you kiss? How many times a day? Or is it once in a while? Or once a fortnight? Oops! Am I being too intrusive? Well, here’s a thing; this kiss is not the one that you plant on someones lips or cheeks! This is that one kiss we forget to base our lives on.

I learnt this lingo early in my life, during my advertising days, and thereafter I try and live by it. Sometimes I fail, but mostly I get there fine.


This one KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. The acronym was coined by Kelly Johnson, lead engineer at the Lockheed Skunk Works (creators of the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes, among many others). The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The principle is best exemplified by the story of Johnson handing a team of design engineers a handful of tools, with the challenge that the jet aircraft they were designing must be repairable by an average mechanic, in the field under combat conditions with only these tools. (Source: Wikipedia)

The KISS principle when applied in our lives works wonders too. The more we simplify our lives, the easier it is to live day-to-day. This applies to ourselves, our relationships, our children, our work, say if we are writers, our writing too. The simpler, the better.



My neighbour Raina’s daughter is nine and she goes for almost five different classes in a week. A skating class, a basket ball class, a ballet class, a piano class and a Kumon (math) class. The child looks over burdened and glum. She is never playing downstairs with the other children, as every evening she has to rush for some class or the other. Even on weekends she goes for her classes. I wonder what Raina’s end goal is? To turn her child into a jack of all trades and master of none. So easy to complicate our lives, right?

My friend, Nikki’s son was dating three different girls, two from work and one happened to be his sister’s friend. When they all found out, he was not only dumped unceremoniously, but got beaten by one of the girl’s brother’s. Now I wonder why he didn’t KISS and make his life less complicated.


There is also Sukanya, who is a fashion designer from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. and then a tutor from 2:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Thereafter she dons her baker’s hat, as she runs a baking company too. Sukanya has a family that includes two rowdy boys, one cat, a huge golden retriever and an ugly, little crocodile fish. Her husband travels most parts of the month. Every time I meet Sukanya, she looks overwhelmed and ready to break down. What’s the point making so much money, when you can’t find time to unwind and enjoy your life, I feel. But Sukanya continues to complicate her life and not KISS.


There is also Randeep. He travels twenty-five days in a month. He is a middle-aged, bachelor. On the other five days when he isn’t traveling, he parties back to back and even when he is traveling he wakes up at 4:30 A.M. to tee off. He says that’s how he is able to network and expand his business. Randeep recently had an angioplasty and has been advised to take bed rest and slow down. I wish he knew how to KISS! And KISS well. *wink*

KISSing is good for health. It increases your heart beat and gives you a fresh lease of life and smaller goals to live by. Do give KISS a chance. Click To Tweet

Do you KISS? Or do you complicate your life, and that of those around you? It’s worthwhile to live a simpler life purposefully, than a complicated one with many layers and baggages. In today’s modern times we are inundated with desires, aspirations, technology and social media that tend to clutter our mind space. How often do you take time to focus on what’s important and what’s not? It’s better to do a few things, and to do them well.

KISSing is good for health. It increases your heart beat and gives you a fresh lease of life and smaller goals to live by. Do give KISS a chance.







My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

You can read my previous posts from #AtoZChallenge2018 here:

A is for Anachronism or Misplaced in Time?

B is for Burden or Unburden?

C is for Control

D is for Destiny’s Child

E is for Enchantment

F is for Far from the Maddening Crowd 

G is for Goblins, Gnomes and Gypsy Spirits

H is for Heart, Mind and Soul



51 thoughts on “{K} is for KISS: #AtoZChallenge

  1. Today morning i asked my husband to smile just like that and he could not and he refused to. He said he had too many things on his mind and needed to plan them. I wondered if he could Kiss and make life simple. Could a simple smile help people Kiss their life?

    1. Yes, Anupriya, I’m sure a simple smile can makes things simpler and better. Men sometimes get like that, when they have too much on their minds- crabby and cagey. Bet the weekend will bring respite and make him KISS.

  2. Wow! I was planning on the very same title for today’s post on writing – Keep it short and simple. I changed the title, and also the post!

    Now for your post…I so agree with you, Natasha. Keeping things simple, life uncomplicated makes living easy and uncomplicated. I wonder what’s the motive of the people you mentioned in your post! I mean, are they even living??? They really ought to learn to KISS big time! 😛

    1. Oh yes, they really do. KISSing will make them live life a little more, with a song in their hearts.
      Isn’t that uncanny, you thought of a similar post too. Thanks Shilpa for your comments.

  3. We all need to spend atleast 15 minutes a day and think about how to simplify our life further. It is one of the most important things that I do everyday.

  4. he he… Kiss has several health benefits. In my teenage days, I kissed many times 😉 now I kiss my son…it makes me feel happy. What do you do with money and all if you are not happy from inside?Good post dear

  5. Reminds me of Occam’s Razor. Sometimes people get so busy in their planning for the future that they forget to live the present. Something I have been guilty of as well.

    1. Yeah much like Occam’s Razor, Arjun.
      It’s so unfortunate that these days most of us get so busy planning for what’s ahead forgetting to live in the moment. You said it. Start KISSing then, and you will reap the benefits for sure. 🙂

  6. Oi thont dekhe bhay peye gechilam..loved the ‘twist in the tale’. Yes we all are guilty of not kissing. We unnecessarily complicate things. This is one the best posts today.

  7. You have chosen the title very smartly Nats and you are sure to get a lot of attention! Its difficult to KISS these days with everything being overcomplicated but try we must, to KISS and do it well!

    1. Yes, we have inundated our lives with way too many things Ask, so it ain’t always easy to KISS. But like you said try we must. For a more relaxed life. Thank you. 🙂

  8. This is my favourite kind of KISS too! Second post I’m reading on Kiss today. Is the Universe telling me something? To Keep It Simple or actually give a good kiss to someone????

  9. I kiss everyday my K and A. Just that there is a difference when it comes to hubby and son 🙂 happy keep it simple and stupid nats:) and yes we don’t run and make our life complicated. Nice post on kiss

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge