The memories we create, how we treat each other and valuing people and our life more than things is what matters. Things get more complicated if we get carried away with our busy-ness and problems that in the grand scheme of it all don't really count.
You might not know this, but I live out of a suitcase. Really. Like a carry-on. Your average orchid colored, two zipper compartment, Samsonite roller. And it goes where I go. Even in my own home I rarely unpack it.
There is a great deal of advice out there about parenting, lots of nice detailed lists, etc. The best advice is simple. Instead of always looking to the future and calculating how much time you have left, focus on the now.
Nimoy once said, "The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have." By giving the world our talents, we're naturally more fulfilled, more attuned to our destiny. By giving away our talents, we're fulfilled.
Even though this example may seem silly, there is something to be said about the process of elimination. When you simplify your life by removing those things that are not serving you, more opportunities become available.
I admit it. I'm addicted. Social media, my phone, television, all things Internet -- I would not want to live without them. Looking at my daughter prompted me to write this column, as I realized one day when she was nursing that my reading the news on the phone was distracting her.
I've known rich people who feel inferior to friends who are even richer. The key is spending less than we earn, growing other values, and just ignoring (or laughing at) all the blandishments of an economic system dependent on our cravings every last thing we can get.
Singer, songwriter and multi-talented musician Casey Abrams performs his original tune "Stuck in London" and answers fan questions about his mesmerizing beard, his relationship with Haley Reinhart, the evolution of his music for his latest self-titled album and upcoming tours.
It's been seven years since we began this journey and, slowly, we made progress to attain the unattainable. I'm incredibly grateful because simplifying my life has given me the flexibility to make choices I hadn't considered.
The nicer places felt colder. Rather than getting to know the other guests through communal dinners and the staff through informal encounters, they sat at separate tables and were served by waiters who kept their distance.
The benefits of creating a simpler life can help reduce the stress you experience each day and support you in living a happier and healthier life. Here are a few suggestions on how to begin experiencing greater ease and simplicity in your life.