The more of these things a man deprives himself of, or of other things like them, or even when he is deprived of any of them, the more patiently he endures the loss, just in the same degree he is a better man. - (Marcus Aurelius - Meditations V.15)
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. - Bruce Lee
You should regularly look to remove from your life that which you can do without. If possible, forever, but at the very least, for a while. Possessions, habits, hobbies, social commitments, whatever you can. Simplify your life so that there is less you can lose, less to weigh you down.
The show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
on Netflix is great at showing how to allow yourself to separate from the items that have emotional significance and those that do not. The Minimalists have a great documentary
on how less things in your life allows you to be happier.
Likewise, of those things you cannot forever purge, at the very least try to occasionally do without. Skip the coffee for a week to reduce caffeine’s grip on you. Skip your favorite shows so that you are not committed to keeping up with the soap opera. Turn off your phone one Sunday and remember how it felt to be offline.
None of these things are essential to your happiness. You already have what you need for that and it can’t be taken away.
🍺 to a great week ahead!