The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.
Sharing a minimalist quote from a book I got at a Waterstones bookstore in London.
"When we look to the outside world for our happiness, security and peace of mind, we’re looking in the wrong direction…The moment we stop looking outside ourselves for that which can only be found within, our whole world changes." -Jamie Smart, Clarity
A simple life allowed me to travel more often. Just checked off the mysterious Stonehenge in England from my bucket list. Don’t rush when you visit and make sure to listen to the audio guide. You’ll learn a lot. Sadly no mention of ancient aliens. Haha! (Picture and words by yours truly)
This is the cabin in the woods we stayed in for several days near Dunkeld, Scotland. There was a babbling brook nearby, birds singing in the morning and even a few deer in the afternoon. Staying here reminded me of this quote from Henry David Thoreau:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms."
I’ve learned that letting go is an active, continuous process. The default assumption is that we want to be interrupted: notifications are enabled, ringers aren’t silenced, and reminders are set. To get rid of that stuff, you have to take a stand.
Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.
My friend CJ Chilvers is a very talented photographer and, I must say, an insightful guy. He responded to my rant (warning: there’s one mildly not-safe-for-work word in my rant) with a brilliant solution: books.”The best solution I’ve found for all this is the humble book. Making a collection of photos into a book (even if it’s just a year book of miscellaneous shots) solves several problems,” he said. He went on to list the benefits of the good old photo book.CJ is a good friend of mine (as is Dave). I have yet to try this advice myself but, it is on my list to do so. Make sure to click the link for the reasons why this solution makes sense and some recommended ways to go about it.
Eighty percent of your to-do list is crap. Look, the stuff of life never ends. That is life. You will never clear your plate so you can finally allow yourself to get to the good stuff. So you have to decide. What do you want to accomplish in this life? What’s important to you right now?
Brigid Schulte, I’ll Finish the Dishes When I’m Dead
Simplify your to do list as well.