Living Simply reminds us that we are much more capable, and less needy and dependent than we think. Living Simply is not only about living with less but is about living a more natural and authentic life. It is about living true to what we love most and our inborn values.
Simplicity is about clearly defining the values that are most important to us, and eliminating that which doesn’t fit.
Are you happy with the amount of unnecessary ‘stuff’, consumerism, clutter, stress or waste in your life?
There is a cost to having too much unnecessary stuff in your life. Other than the hassle of finding, organizing, maintaining, and caring for it all, other costs are the lack of free time and the visual clutter that interferes with the Feng shui and harmony in the living environment and therefore life. I believe a cluttered life leads to or reflects a cluttered mind.
At the end of our life, do you think we will be wishing we had a third garage or the 109th pair of shoes or more stuff around us or more tweets, commitments or emails?
Having more in our lives or buying into the concept that more is better and better is best can mean we miss out on understanding what is of value and important. Society tries to tell us that having more in our lives should be the goal and is the answer to whatever the problem is.
We need more because we don’t feel we have enough – money, children, cars, shoes, space, entertainment. . . . .
And also even when we do have enough, we often decide that if we like something, more will be even better.
So whether we have or don’t have, the answer is to have more. But is more really adding value to and improving the quality of our lives?
I can attest to the fact that you can actually have too much of a good thing. As much as I love chocolate and can eat it like bread, too much of it does not feel good at all. Actually it can make me quite sick, temporarily and more permanently.
The saying goes more, better, best. But what is best. Someone or something is always being deemed better or best. The latest idea, technology or ideal is always changing; it’s always something else; the grass is always greener somewhere else, where there is a newer version or something else that is the latest ‘best’. The best never lasts, it’s impermanent like all of life.
“Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day” ~ Zen Saying
The quality of my life has improved since I have sought to intentionally live more simply and naturally. It is more personally meaningful to me, because it reflects more of who I am, what is important to me and what I believe in. I live more ‘naturally me’ rather than more ‘normally’, as everyone else does.
Real change comes with doing rather than just reading and thinking about it. So the first important decision to be made is to start and then to continue on your unique journey.