04/08/2016 03:04 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2017

More -- A Distraction From What Matters Most

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"It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor." -- Seneca

Chasing more in our lives, or buying into the concept that 'more is better', can mean we miss living in the moment. We're constantly waiting for our lives to be complete with more and striving for a day that will never come.

We're in a state of deferred living.

Always assuming what we have now is not enough.

Always wanting more.

We're distracted.

The pursuit of more is its own form of distraction. It distracts us from what really matters most. It takes us away from being present in this moment. It distances us from those around us. Is this really the way we want to live? Will this really lead us to a happy and contented life?

Chasing more can be a dangerous game with no end. We need to carefully assess what we are chasing and why.

A Different Way
To get off the treadmill of more we need to find another way. A way that supports how we really want to live our lives. A way that supports our health and happiness.

That way may well mean a step in a different direction. It could mean finding a route less travelled. A route that may be a little unconventional, and maybe even tough at times, but that will ultimately lead us to a better place.

If more is not working for us then we have to be open to the idea that something else will. That something else leads to us to less.

Note: This is an extract from my latest book Need Less, Live More: Treading Lightly in a World of More

Carl is the proud owner of Frictionless Living which is focused on helping readers live a simpler and more personally satisfying life. He is also the author of several books including A Short Guide to Living Well, 22 Ways to Simpler Living and Frictionless Email.