Editor’s Note: Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the update, I answer a reader question via video.
Kathy sent me an email last week and asked:
How can I widen my circle of friends and get over my feelings of loneliness?
Here’s my response . . .
For those of you who can’t watch the video read this article: 8 Simple Tips to Overcome Loneliness. I wrote the essay last year, when I feeling lonely. 🙂
Also, if you have questions please leave them in the comments section. I’ll add them to my Q & A spreadsheet for future video blogs.
Now onto the news . . .
“I decided to value the gathering of experiences over the acquiring of stuff, and to get rid of stuff which would enable the gathering of more experiences. I’d have more cash from the sale of my stuff, and less stuff to worry about, should I want to move or travel for a while. Stuff gets old and breaks and takes up room in your house, experiences stick with you for life and make you a better person. The more I thought about this, the more obsessed I became. The more I traveled, the more I realized how much less stuff7
I actually need to be happy, and how much happier I was with less stuff. I knew I had physical clutter, I didn’t realize how much mental clutter came with it. The more I travel the less I pack, and the more I realize that increasing what I own is just increasing cruft— and, that I should get rid of it.”
“The true cost of driving a car is usually estimated, as of 2010, at about $16 a day, plus an additional 17 cents or so per mile driven. At 15,000 miles per year, that comes out to $8,390 annually, or 56 cents per mile.”
“If you have people who love you, and you are warm and safe, and your belly is full, you are fortunate too. Every single one of you. Do something with your fortune. Don’t sit on it and think it’s boring and things are never going to go your way. Believe me, things are very much going your way.”‘
“It is not physical and emotional comfort we ought to seek. It is the discomfort that comes when you extricate yourself from a society that has promised false security, love and freedom so long as you give them your entire being. One which cannot be given back to you, let alone in one complete and untattered piece.”
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