David Damron of The Minimalist Path offers some wonderful suggestions for strengthening and challenging the mind. By making the mind work harder, the process of simplifying one’s life becomes easier. Once we begin to make gradual and consistent changes in our mindsets, we are well on our way to a life based on our own conceptions of happiness.
I like challenge, and I especially love change.
Stagnation and the status quo drive nails into the coffin of freedom and adventure and ultimately lead to the untimely death of the human spirit. One becomes a veritable walking corpse. Striving and stretching beyond the limits of what I thought was even conceivable the year before breathes life into my daily activities and purpose in my life’s journey. Discipline and self-control are my life partners and catalysts for the change I wish to embrace.
Each day I struggle against the grain of the tribal mindset which tells me that I must compromise my individuality and freedom and cling to the stormy shores of my restlessness and discontent for the sake of that elusive thing called security. Rather than succumb to the pressures thrust upon me by outside forces to work a 9 to 5 job for 30 years so I can retire on social security, I have chosen instead to take the path of greater resistance by embarking upon endeavors which push me to a better life based upon truth as I have defined it.
I am driven by an insatiable desire for change in every facet of my life: my thoughts, philosophy, mindset, lifestyle, work, play and in the books I read, the company I keep, and in the places I travel. New experiences are provocative and sexy. They give me a reason to wake up in the morning. The adrenalin rush of the unknown steers me towards creative endeavors which nurture growth for myself and consequently the planet.
The greatest gift I can give my fellow man is to raise the level of my consciousness. By so doing, the quality of each life I touch will in some way be enriched by the encounter if that be their wish. This is my hope. This is my heart song. The beauty in life lies not in what I get, but in what I ultimately become. The beauty in life is in living each moment with joy and wonder.
Ridding yourself of clutter, brain drains and toxic relationships will free you up to live a life you truly enjoy. So take the first step to rid yourself of these things … It may be difficult and may require you to change the way you’ve always done things. There will be no more business as usual … And that’s a good thing.
Keeping it easy and breezy in a world where less is more.
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