Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The More of Less

This is a long overdue post. It's actually the post I meant to write the first week of January when I was contemplating the year ahead. Now the year is almost one-twelfth finished, but the thoughts that Joshua Becker shares in The More of Less are certainly no less relevant.

When I was younger, acquiring was so much more attractive. But somehow as the years went by, all the acquiring -- "getting and spending" as Wordsworth described it -- became a burden. Stuff seems to be everywhere and it seems at every turn we're encouraged to get more and more. I've written steadily about my decluttering efforts and though I've made headway, I'm a long way from the less cluttered life I'd like to live.

I found the More of Less a good guide, both in the lessons of Joshua Becker's life and the practical suggestions that are offered. I'm especially enamored by this quote, "the beauty of minimalism isn't what it takes away, but it's in what it gives."  My goal is to live a life that isn't sparse -- I still want books and pictures around me -- but one that gives me time to read, enjoy the out of doors and spend time with people I care about. I'm going to test this out during my vacation. I've made great strides in vacation souvenirs, but my limit is three for this trip, and preferably small and useful.

I'm just about set for my trip. I've got a few last minute trip related things to do and not very much scheduled in the next few days. I'm packing light and will put everything out on Thursday night to make sure I'm not scrambling at the last minute. A light suitcase makes a happy traveler.

We had one of our few snowy days today. It snowed, but it wasn't slippery and I really enjoyed being outside and walking. I'm hoping Friday is clear, so there are no weather delays with my flight.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!

Please note: I was given a review copy of The More of Less by Blogging for Books in exchange for my thoughts. My thoughts are all mine.



This looks like just the book I need to move forward with this concept in my life. Godspeed on your journey. Enjoy every moment.

Mildred said...

Praying for your safe travel and good weather. The book sounds like a great read.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

George Carlin used to talk about "stuff" and how we all had to have it. One of the most satisfying things for me is getting rid of my stuff.

I hope you fave a wonderful trip.

From the Kitchen said...

We got rid of a lot of "things" in our move. So far, I've not missed them. In fact, I like to think of others enjoying those things as new treasures. Safe travels. Have a great trip.


Mimi said...

I've done some serious clearing out in the last few weeks. I can see and feel the difference, but there is still much that should go. I'll never live a "sparse" (I like your way of saying it) life either. But I want clear out enough so the house can breathe. I'll check this book out. Thanks.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've been discovering the beauty of the More of Less here at my house. There is more to having less.

Melinda said...

I think this is something that everyone deals with. It is hard to
part with the things we think "we have to have."

Trying hard to do this though.

Enjoy your trip and be safe.

M : )

Anne Payne said...

Sounds like a great book to encourage one to get a head start on living a more simplified life. I'm trying to do that but as you say, years of collecting doesn't disappear quickly. I do hope you enjoy your trip! Will say a prayer for safety and enjoyment. :-)