Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify. — Henry David Thoreau
STREAMLINING AND SIMPLIFYING
One of the most powerful things you can do during your year of conscious living is to examine all aspects of your life in light of the question “Am I operating at the level of simplicity I want?” You don’t have to be austere or sell all your belongings—the only measure is whether your level of simplicity is satisfying to you. A few years back I realized that the complexity of my life was consuming too much energy. My wife and I had accumulated three cars, two houses, an office building, and a host of other “necessities.” It seemed that a remarkable amount of time and energy was spent handling repairs, scheduling helpers, dealing with staff problems, and so forth. Finally we saw the folly of our ways and began a process of simplifying. Now we have streamlined to one car and one house and one office. We have become much happier and more productive by living in the question “Will this course of action simplify or complicate my life?”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – JANUARY 30
Study your closet for a few moments today. Quickly note the clothes you absolutely love to wear. Notice which ones you simply put up with. Consider the bold step of getting rid of all the clothes you don’t love to wear. Invite some friends over for a “shopping” spree. Then notice what happens to your mood and energy level after you shift to wearing only clothes you love.
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