It’s really funny…

It’s funny the way my mind works.  I come to a conclusion.  Ha!  An answer!  And then I stew.  I analyze.  I ponder.  I try to find grand connections to make my desires more relevant on a larger scale.  Then I start again.

Take “downsizing” for example.  In my head, I have been trying to relate my desire to have fewer possessions and a simpler life to the growing problem of climate change, our culture of excess, and what I can do about it.

So, instead of long-winded essays on the lack of governmental authority or corporate greed, all I’m simply going to say is:

I just want less stuff.  

I want less chaos in my life.  I want to regain a sense of playful exploration without the unnecessary burdens we force on ourselves.  We spend too much time and effort buying and maintaining our possessions.  The times I find that my wife and I are the happiest are when we get away from all that- camping, fishing, travelling, hanging with our kids.

Its going to take work.  Sure.  I am good with that.  I have always been a work hard-play hard kinda guy.

Its going to be a struggle sometimes.  Of course.  I am good with that too.  Life is suffering, right?  But do we need to cause so many headaches for ourselves?

Perhaps living a simpler life also means a less complicated mental life.

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  1. I just listened to a great NPR On Being show about the Pursuit of Happiness, a panel discussion with 4 global spiritual leaders. They say that the pursuit is a myth, let your happiness catch up to you by being present to what you are doing. Your post fits in so well with what they were saying.

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    1. That theme has been popping up more and more lately. Maybe it’s because I am thinking on how our current manner of living doesn’t really bring us peace that I notice it. Maybe the concept of slow down and happiness catches you (!) is becoming part of our modern vernacular.
      Dunno. Either way, it’s like that climate change comment- “what if we cleaned up our environment and atmosphere and we didn’t really have to?!?”
      Well, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

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