The minimalist movement is in full swing. More so than ever before, a large percentage of us are realising that chasing more just isn't doing it for us. We need something else and that something else leads us to the pursuit of less.
Night after night, we lose ourselves in sleep, ever optimistic that our dreams will bring comfort, inspiration and pleasure. That's not always the case, of course. Our fears can manifest in our slumbering minds and even attack our vulnerable souls.
My grandmother Helen has lived for more than a century. Born in Brooklyn in 1913, she has been fortunate to lead not just a remarkably long life but a remarkably gratifying one. She also ranks among the wisest people I know.
On a recent road-trip to central Nebraska, my son Marcus leaned back and sighed, "This is the good life." That particular weekend there was much ado about Nebraska's slogan: "The Good Life." So I smiled in agreement while my mind wandered over the parallel metaphor to our world.
The truth is we end stress in the present moment--right here, right now--not once and for all. We either end stress by choosing to be undaunted and at peace the moment a stressor raises its head ... or we don't. Peace is the polar opposite of stress and anxiety.
The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.
If a libertarian world is made happy by replacing political aggression and force with the actions of people who are civil and tolerant, then we cannot expect people to come to our side if we cannot even exhibit those qualities.
I took a step back, not only to give myself a chance to breathe, but also to identify the variables in my life I could control to achieve better work-life satisfaction (a term I now prefer over "balance").
Betsy and Warren Talbot always dreamed of traveling. But like most people, life got in the way. They were both moving up in their successful careers, living in the suburbs and accumulating cars, a house and stuff to fill it with. Then, everything changed.
What does it mean to live a "good life?" For many people, it's defined by affluence and the capacity to buy material things that make our lives easier and more fun. Ironically, many who chase money are not using their hard-earned income to make their life easier, nor to have more fun.