jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,
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Mission Impossible: Simplification

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. -- Henry David Thoreau

It should be compulsory learning for every child -- how to live a simple life. But, of course, that might just put a dent in the old industrial paradigm story!

The truth of the matter is that we have and want too much, and in the process we’re never settled -- with life, with what we have and, most importantly, finding out who we truly are.

Right now ask yourself, how can I simplify my life?

It’s not hard: buy less, consume less, want less and enjoy what you have. Oh, and you might need to ask a few more questions:

  • Who am I?

  • What’s work?

  • What’s really important in life?

  • Do I love things more than living?

  • Can I do without?

  • How do I change my worldview, i.e. living with people who have nothing might make you realise how much you have?

  • Can I let go of my image of a perfect world?

  • What makes me deeply happy?

I know that for most people more is their modus operandi, but, at the risk of trotting out another trite expression, the happiest people I’ve ever known are the ones that have ordered their lives so that they are in control and not the market.

When I think of simplification, I see myself letting go of past stories, faux dreams and ambitions and falling into my very beingness. Yes, I know that sounds woolly and/or pretentious, but what I’m trying to say is that we’ll never be happy unless we let go of our ego-driven, outer-world-self and instead pursue the most important part of life, namely an inner journey. To do that means being at peace with what you are, what you have and not chasing the next material or emotionally uplifting fix.

On a practical level, ask yourself do you need to acquire anything more in your life to live or can you do with a lot less?


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