I’m thinking more and more about the so-called abundance in our lives. It does exist, but we tend to notice the wrong side of it.
What I mean is that we want to have more when it comes down to food, belongings, money, technologies, information, entertainment and so on.
And the moment we use or consume the certain thing, we feel good. But right after that, we feel emptier than before.
It’s because this stuff actually sucks the life out of us.
The food we eat is killing us. We don’t eat for energy or health anymore, but because it tastes good. And we barely think about the fact that probably 2/3 of the food in every supermarket is processed and made only to get us fat, ill, addicted to sugar and salt.
We also crave information more and more. From all sources.
And that’s why we’re surrounded by technologies everywhere.
But reading the newspaper, watching TV, checking out sites, email and social media, getting notifications on our phone and computer all the time… it’s just too much. Just think about how much of all this you actually need and wanted to know at the first place.
That’s just a small part of the abundance we live in today.
And the saddest thing is that it takes our time, energy and attention so much that we remain blind for the real things.
Those are the people we love, the things we love doing, having free time, meditating, relaxing, seeing the beauty around us, laughing and loving more, just going for a walk, reading and writing, eating healthy natural foods, having a purpose and so on.
And because of these two reasons – forgetting what really matters and focusing on stuff and activities that waste our time and potential – we live unconsciously.
And here’s the solution – eliminate the unnecessary.
Simplicity requires elimination so that the essential can be seen and enjoyed.
Here I’ve listed 40 things to get rid of.
You may consider some of them vitally important. But that’s not true.
We can easily live without that. It’s just that it will be hard to ditch it because we’re so used to it.
The first 20 items on the list are material. The next 20 are more spiritual and mental.
- TV set
- Smart Phone
- most of your clothes
- most of your accessories
- coffee machine
- junk food
- processed foods
- most of your kitchen utensils
- FB account
- other social media profiles
- too many decorations at home
- fake friends
- negative thoughts
- comparing yourself to others
- the need to be always right
- too many desires
- making choices because of someone else
- the need for attention
- the past
You can keep living the way you do, which is much easier because change often requires effort.
Or you can give elimination a try and embrace simplicity. It’s a sure way to find peace and harmony, to feel free and happy and have more space in your life.
So with which of these do you disagree? And why?
I’d love to hear your opinion.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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