Simple living is usually thought of as minimalist living or spartan living, or even miserly living.
Grow your own food.
Don't keep a car.
Give away ALL your possessions.
Cut off from the world.
In short, go to the Himalayas and live like a monk!
Personally, I don't see anything wrong in doing that. I think it would be an immensely empowering experience to be so self-sufficient. But, if everyone took off to the Himalayas, wouldn't it get too crowded?
Jokes apart, I have a slightly different interpretation of simple living... a SIMPLER interpretation.
Every individual in this world is different. And we all have different roles to play in the grand scheme of things. So how can one size fit all? It can't.
I believe that simple living is all about removing the UNNECESSARY clutter and noise from our life. The stuff that we don't really NEED. The stuff that DISTRACTS us from what is really important in our life.
If a car helps you do your work more efficiently and lets you spend more quality time with the people who matter, then what's wrong in keeping a car?
If using a mixer-grinder-juicer in your kitchen allows you to eat healthier, then why give it away?
If outsourcing your cooking gives you more time to do stuff that gives you greater satisfaction, then what is the harm in it?
If an internet-enabled smart phone lets you make video calls to your grand-children, halfway across the globe, then how can it be a bad thing to have?
Simplifying our life doesn't mean that we give up all worldly possessions, dreams and desires. It just means that we set our priorities, and then align our life with those priorities. It is a simple 3-step process.
3 Steps To Simplify Your Life
Identify your goals.
Personal goals - could be related to health, travel, education, hobbies, etc.
Professional goals - your career ambitions and financial targets.
Relationship goals - marriage, kids, social clubs, etc.
Make sure these goals are not in conflict with each other. Remember what happened in the movie Cheaper By The Dozen?
Identify what you need for those goals.
Do you need more sleep and exercise? Or maybe a course in photography and a new camera? Or a new job with flexi timings? Or perhaps you need to move to a smaller town, so you can afford a bigger house for a bigger family?
Figure it out in simple actionable statements.
Remove everything else.
Let go of all the habits, beliefs, possessions, and even relationships (Yes, those too!), that don't align with your higher goals. Most importantly, let go of all the secondary goals that conflict from your higher goals. Majority of them will anyway be things that the SOCIETY expects you to do, not what YOU want to do.
Yes, this won't be easy. But this is all the difference between a "simple life" and a "complicated life."
And in the end, there are a few things that we all can do with a little less of. And they are:
- Worry less.
- Complain less.
- Compare less.
- Think less.
- Want less.
- Talk less.
- Doubt less.
- Hate less.
- Fear less.
- Say 'Yes' less.
- Watch what/who you let in your life. Watch WHY you let them in your life? Do they take you closer to your goals? Or do they deviate you from them?
- Always appreciate what/who you have, and remember how they are helping you fulfill your dreams.
- And once you identify that something/someone is important for you, then commit to them. Don't let anything/anybody else come in between you and what makes you truly happy.
Have you got all your priorities sorted out in life? Do you need what you're chasing after? Do you need what you already have?
This is my 19th post for AtoZ2017.
I have completed this challenge once before, and published it as a kindle ebook.
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