We all carry many responsibilities and pressures on our backs. I’ve often thought about how we can lighten this load. For me, the answer lies in the act of simplifying our lives.
Simplifying is not just about getting rid of stuff and clearing clutter. At its core, it’s about constantly searching for the most important aspects of your life and figuring out how to integrate those components in a joyful and sustainable way into daily living. All the other less important and less meaningful components can then be removed.
I’ve been reading a lot about what it means to live simply. Here are some great articles I have found along the way that I want to share with you. Maybe you will find these insights useful too:
1. 8 Simple Things Creative Professionals Do by Hilary Barnett: Instead of creating until you have nothing left, take it from those who are doing it right. Aim for a more focused, inspired and productive style of creative work . . .
2. How to Design a Simple Life by Melissa Camara Wilkins: You don’t need to minimize yourself right out of a life. Design the life you want to live, no more and no less . . .
3. Simplify, and Savor Life by Leo Babauta: These days we have an abundance of luxuries, but I’ve found that excess actually decreases my enjoyment of life . . .
4. Letting Go of Shitty Relationships by The Minimalists: Some relationships are incredibly pernicious. We often develop relationships out of convenience, without considering the traits necessary to build a successful bond with another person . . . .
5. The Secret To a Simplified Schedule by Melissa Camara Wilkins: Some people seem to do it all. They come up with great ideas, write the books, launch the projects, teach the classes, and plan the events, while the rest of us wonder how they ever find the time . . .
6. 7 Common Problems Solved by Owning Less by Joshua Becker: Three years ago, we sold, donated, or discarded over 70% of our family’s possessions. We removed clothes, furniture, decorations, cookware, tools, books, toys, plus anything else we could find in our home that was not immediately useful or beautiful. The result has been a completely transformed life and lifestyle . . .
7. The Contentment Habit by Leo Babauta: I’ll admit I do it as much as anyone else: see the cool things that others are doing and wish I were doing something cool like that too . . .
All of these suggested readings come from writers whose ideas and perspectives are ones that I can understand and apply to my own daily life. There’s a whole lot of practical wisdom in the ideas they share.
The older I get, the more I have come to really value simple living.
We do not have to deal with so much stress.
We can find more joy and sweet contentment in what we have.
Little bits of happiness can be attainable in our daily lives.
For me, it’s about shedding all of those commitments and values that really do not matter in the end. Once we do that and keep our lives simple, our backs, and our hearts, will feel lighter and joyfully free.