Minimalism: live a meaningful life is another reading worth committing too. Joshua has a series of writing on minimalism. He explains his angle on the subject with simplicity.
He made me realize that minimalism is a practice. It needs action. It needs training.
Minimalism can be introduce in one’s life a little step at a time.
Since I started studying minimalism, I found that this mindset can be applied in multiple aspects of life.
I think the most popular aspect of minimalism is about material possessions. But I think that it’s more than just about stuff. It’s a philosophy of life. It can also be applied to what goes through one’s mind.
I started practicing minimalism with material possessions. I’m clearing a path through the things that I haven’t been using for a while. They are just sitting there. I’m in discarding mod.
I’m practicing minimalism with food. I’m working at a computer all day long. I don’t burn through a lot of physical energy. I reduced my food intake.
I’m practicing minimalism with thoughts. I came to realize that a lot of the stories that I build in my mind are not very useful. I’m learning to let them go.
Minimalism is all about practice. As long as I’m working in the right, I’ll make some progress.
Here what I highlighted from this reading:
- Minimalism is a tool to eliminate life’s excess, focus on the essentials, and find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
- Comparison is often unhealthy and should be avoided.
- You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.
- T.A.R.A.: Tolerate, Accept, Respect, and Appreciate.
- First we had to remove a lot of anchors before we could navigate our way to clearer waters.
- Who are you?
- Societally, you’ve been programmed to want (or even expect) immediate results.
- Most people require vast amounts of certainty—far too much certainty—to feel safe.
- You associate more pain with changing than you associate pleasure with the change.
- Taking control of your financial life involves much more than adjusting your income upward: it involves making consistently good decisions with the resources you have, changing your financial habits, and living deliberately.
- No, minimalism is not about deprivation—we don’t want anyone to “live without” in the name of minimalism—but sometimes it makes sense to temporarily deprive ourselves of temporary satisfactions when we are attempting to move our lives in a better direction.
- Turning your shoulds into musts.
- Once you make a change in your life, the journey isn’t over—you must continue making changes if you want to be happy long-term.
- Consistent, gradual action taken every day is the way we changed our lives.
- How does this task add value?
- How am I adding value?