“When you decide to collect experiences rather than things, you never run out of storage space.”
—Joshua Becker, Founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist
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Did you know that the self-storage industry generates revenue of 38 billion dollars annually and that almost 10 percent of households use them? Many also have basements and garages full of stored items.
The volume of self-storage units in the United States alone could fill the Hoover Dam with old clothes, skis, and keepsakes more than 26 times.
Beyond the costs, consider the maintenance and generalized stress caused by the clutter and junk most of us would never pay for again if given the chance.
What are some strategies to lighten your load to live a simpler and perhaps more minimalist lifestyle? At the same time, what are a few life experiences you wish to collect that may only take up space on your camera or computer hard drive? What actions will you take today to make progress in both areas?
“The man who runs may fight again.”
—Menander, 2nd Century BC Greek dramatist
Image from Unsplash by Raul Cacho Oses
From an early age, we are repeatedly exposed to messages such as: “Be brave!”, “Never Give Up!”, “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”. There are countless stories, shows, and movies that play off the “feel good” tale of victory and coming out on top.
I’m all for being an optimist on most occasions, however, many times a far more realistic and objective perspective may be the wiser way to go.
What fights and battles are occurring in your professional and personal worlds? Where do you see progress and have a sense of hope that you will prevail? In what situation do you feel and know deep down that it’s time to “fold’em,” like a losing poker hand?
How would using your head, heart, and gut help you know when it is time to run versus stand your ground, so that you may fight another day?
“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.”
—Mick Kremling, Daily Fitness Motivation
The only thing that stops us is stopping.
Sure, we all have our reasons for calling it quits, be it externally or internally driven.
Where have you stopped along your life journey? To what extend did you make a clear and conscious choice? Or was it some default setting related to discomfort or fear that stopped you from proceeding toward some important goal?
Where and on what important objective can you:
- Acknowledge how far you’ve come, and
- Summon the strength, courage, tenacity, and grit to persist and fulfill far more of your potential for greatness?
Feel free to reply to this post and let me know how far you go.
“Tweak the balance between your dance and your march.”
—Michael Bungay Stainer, Founder of BoxofCrayons
Image from Unspash by Sarah X Sharp
What comes to mind when you consider the word dance? For me, it’s playful, fun-loving, and self-expressed.
Now what about the word march? Perhaps thoughts of the military, or simply disciplined work not necessarily of your choice come to mind.
As a young boy in grade school, the though that I could or should not play until all the work was done was prominent.
Given that for most of us the work never seems to be done, where would tweaking your own dance/march ratios make the biggest difference?
How might you bring more play to your work, or dance into a more enjoyable and productive life?
“Don’t give up on what you want most for what you want now.”
About eight months ago, I had my annual physical. For the most part, both the doctor and I were pleased with the exam and lab results, with the exception of my blood pressure. It was getting to the point where medication was on the horizon.
Given my past experience in the pharmacological industry and my strong desire to live as healthy a life as possible, I decided to dramatically alter my eating habits and make food my medicine.
What made this particularly difficult was that I started this primarily plant-based diet while on a family vacation. Restaurant food and countless temptations surrounded me! The good news is that I have remained medication free with normal blood pressure, and have shed a few pounds to boot.
Where are you currently wrestling with yourself regarding what you want in the short term versus what you want most in the long run?
Should you wish to take on a similar health/medication related issue, consider reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book, Whole.
The Latin root of the word “decision” literally means “to cut.”
Where are you currently wrestling with a life decision? How long has this issue been on your mind, and perhaps a cause of sleepless nights?
For most of us, making the right or best decision is of significant importance and can have considerable payoffs or consequences.
What if you used today’s quote as a way of assisting you by simply limiting or cutting off some, most, or the majority of the options you may be considering?
Consider looking up the book or the term The Paradox of Choice. See how this concept can assist you in making even better decisions in the future.
“I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.”
—Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
A state of calm centeredness came over me when I read today’s quote. My first thought was “I can do that!”
Many of us experience overwhelm in the enormity of all that must be done in our lives. Far too often we are exhausted by the end of the day, and frustrated by not having achieved what we intended. We then add insult to injury by throwing in our own negative commentary.
Alternatively, being satisfied with our best, which can differ from day to day, grants a peaceful and accepting sense of our humanity, and what Brené Brown would call the “Gifts of Imperfection.”
How would taking your life one day at a time, doing your best regardless of what happens, be the source of a happier and more fulfilling life?
“In your life the safe route and the best route may not be the same route.”
What is your perspective or personal philosophy on these phrases?:
- No risk no reward
- The biggest risk is not taking any
- Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all
- Do one thing every day that scares you
- Leap and the net will appear
Select the phrases that resonate the most for you and display them on a Post-it Note in a highly visible location in your personal or professional world.
What action will you take to put yourself on the best route to more fully realize your most important and meaningful life goals?
Feel free to reply to this post with the quotes you selected and the actions you plan to take.
“Don’t Push the River: It Flows By Itself.”
—Barry Stevens, author of the book by the same title
Image from Flickr by Pedro Vasquez Colmenares
The Three Gorges Dam, spanning the Yangtze River in China, is controversial domestically and abroad. It also happens to be the world’s largest power station in terms of its installed capacity of 22,500 megawatts.
Its purpose – besides generating electricity – was to increase the river’s shipping capacity, which reduces the potential for floods, and is a step toward reducing China’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The negative view of its acclaim is due to the displacement of over one million people, numerous ecological changes such as landslides, and the loss of cultural sites and landmarks.
Where and in what ways have you been pushing at your own life rivers, with less than desirable effects?
Where would going with the flow of things be the best decision at this point in your personal or professional life?
“Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.”
—Bhante Henepolo Gunaratana, Sri Lankan Buddhist monk
We’ve all heard the phrase, “The choices we make make us.”
Do you agree? Perhaps if we were all able to make even better choices, we would experience the freedom and fulfillment of an even more wonderful life.
Today’s quote suggests that through increased mindfulness and greater self awareness we can all find time to make better, more discerning choices about how we spend this precious resource.
How can and will you invest a bit more time on a daily basis to strengthen and build your mindfulness muscle?
If you are new to such practices, consider starting with 5 minutes in the morning or evening in a practice such as meditation, gratitude reflection, or some form of life review, to enhance this skill.