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.