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Minimalism

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Minimalism

Imagine a blank canvas.  It’s your life.  What will you put in it?

Will you fill it with stuff, select a minimalist approach, or something in between?  There’s no right or wrong way, just your way.  It’s YOUR life, not someone else’s.

Fill your canvas with what makes YOU happy. 

Now, compare this canvas with your actual life today.  Are you burdened with past possessions, or motivated by them?  Do they energize you or enervate?  Should you keep your mementoes or eliminate them? Is it time to reevaluate?

I was so fortunate to be interviewed by Nicole Pyles, an imaginative journalist whose article on the Minimalism movement was just published in 44691 Magazine.  The essence of the movement is to achieve balance. 

Minimalism, although very popular today, is only one approach to enjoying our “space”.  As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “It’s common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But, above all, try something.” 

A thoughtful approach to de-cluttering gives you the chance to review your priorities, surround yourself with the things that make you happy and have a balanced life. 

The Battle between Two Wolves: The Conflict of Decision Making

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The Battle between Two Wolves

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said,

“My beloved grandson, the battle inside every person is between two wolves.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, false pride and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee gently grasped the boy’s shoulder and replied, “The one you feed.”

There are so many interpretations of this old Cherokee story.

This battle inside you can also be applied to the decisions you make to keep or eliminate “stuff” in your life.  When you’re faced with downsizing, and it’s tough to decide, which wolf will you feed?