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How to get back to basics - Learning that Less really is More - Simple steps to less stress.
Less Is More:
Getting Back to Basics:
Getting back to basics :
This desire to make life simpler can be prompted by several reasons. Many people experience the financial and economic downturn to be the point where it becomes necessary to re-evaluate priorities.
For others, including myself, I was in need of a change in lifestyle where material goods were becoming a hassle and more of a hindrance than a help. It can be prompted by a physical need to de-clutter, have a car boot sale or downsize to a smaller home.
Another and more radical reason that extends beyond the personal one, is the feeling that everything is heading out of control. We are constantly being pressured to accumulate more stuff. Buy, buy, buy is the mantra that promises instant happiness and rewards . . . On special offer for only 3 more days! Buy two get another one free! And so it continues with ever more fervor.
Time to stand back and get off the merry-go-round long enough to stop and think. What do we really need to make our lives more fulfilled and rewarding? Less stress and more time to do the things that will add to our sense of satisfaction and well being. Most of us are so busy running faster to stay in the same place that we lose sight of the simple pleasures we once enjoyed.
Less Is More:
How to really believe that less is more? There are two ways to discover the truth of this statement. One is to experience dire outside consequences that force the change upon us. Or the conscious decision to make changes to our purchasing habits. Remember that what we need is much less than what we think we want. One should make it a positive challenge rather than adopt feelings of sacrifice or self denial. Attitude is half the battle. It was said that a rich man is the man who needs little. So make the changes and feel the burden of ownership slipping off your shoulders. Less material stuff to worry over, less stress and more freedom. It’s a win win situation. Once you have started it becomes easier. The ultimate in downsizing are the amazing Tumbleweed Homes ( link supplied ). I have no commercial connections with this company, but it perfectly illustrates how beautiful less can be. Okay, so it will be a bit too extreme for some, but it certainly points the way to a more sustainable and manageable scale of living.
Tiny House - More Space to Live
More decisions - more choices
More decisions – more choices:
Now here is where I find the most difficulty. Let me tell you why. As you will probably have guessed already, that this is the very first Hub I have ever posted in my entire life! Yes, and I am as yet undecided about where to fit it into the overwhelming list of categories & topics. Does it really matter because I doubt anyone will read it or even comment on it . . . but it does in as much as I don’t know the best way to develop on this theme.
Either it turns into a “How to…” manage personal finances, organize a garage sale, budget wiser kind of article. Or it can continue along the lines of reducing waste of the earth’s non renewable resources which is also important. Or talking about my fight with cancer which led me to prioritize what was most important in my life. How I found a two weeks of silence on a Vipassana meditation course showed me the way to a simple more satisfying life.
To any unsuspecting Hubber who by accident stumbled upon this first attempt, I beg you accept my humble apologies. Any comments, advice or guidance will be humbly accepted. Namaste.