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.
The question . . .
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Now onto the news. . .
“In the incredibly fast-paced society which we live in, notice we are all walking around in chains. No, you won’t see actual metal chains clasped around our wrists and ankles. The chains you see are the unseen ones, the digital ones.
These chains are also that with which we find ourselves in constant chatter about nonsense, oftentimes with nonsensical people. If you don’t have anything worthwhile to say or add to a conversation, it’s okay to not say anything at all, and instead, let the silence be the conversation.
Chains are a bitch to walk around the world with. Remove them, and embrace the lost art of solitude now and again.”
“Yes, authenticity matters, but only to the extent people enjoy what you do. You’ll never find me auditioning for American Idol because, the fact is, I couldn’t carry a note to save my life. Yes, my voice is authentic, but it’s authentically bad, and that means I’ll never be a singer.
Writing works the same way. To be successful, stop worrying about who you are and start thinking about what your audience wants.
What do they like? How is it done? Only after you’ve answered those two questions are you ready to ask the third one: is it right for you?”
“A common misconception about minimalists is that we ditch our material possessions in some bizarre attempt to deny ourselves the “pleasures” of consumerism. I think what critics don’t get is this concept of sophrosyne: that we reject overconsumption because we get more pleasure from not owning three closets of clothes or a houseful of knickknacks. We derive more happiness from saving our space, time, money, or the planet, than acquiring more possessions.
Sophrosyne isn’t about self-restraint for its own sake, but rather the joy it brings us. It’s living a wise, graceful, and balanced life because we wouldn’t have it any other way.”