September 11: Simplicity

How much stuff do we REALLY NEED to be truly happy?

When I was younger, I wanted lots of things.  Now, I have lots of things, but I came by them through acquiring lots of debt.  Now that I am older, I want only the things I truly NEED, WITHOUT the debt.
Our attachment to things can result in less FREEDOM.

We are a nation of consumers.  The clever and highly advanced advertising agencies make billions of dollars every year, having done research for DECADES on how to trick, manipulate, and reprogram the minds of the general population into handing over money for things it doesn’t need.  Sometimes our wants and needs get out of balance.

After listening to the audio book, THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg, which was recommend to me by my son, Drake, I entered into an alternate reality of awareness I had never before experienced.  It solidifies exactly HOW the advertising industry destroys a sense of self, and uses HABITS to reprogram people’s ACTIONS to align with THEIR best interests, rather than the best interests of the individual, let alone the best interests of the collective whole that we are ALL a part of.

The Power of Habit can be found on YouTube in audio version.


THERE IS ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE, but not if the FEW greedily hold onto ALL of it.

There is much to be said about a life of simplicity, in which we are wise enough to focus on and meet our needs and not worry so much about all of our wants.  There are so many men, women, and children in this world who currently do not have what they truly need to survive.  

When we are able to take a little time, come up with an effective strategy, decide on what we truly need, and make sure those needs are met, we are left with extra money and time.  Instead of too much month at the end of the money, we live with more than enough money at the end of the month.  We have the opportunity to invest our money and time back into ourselves and our families.  We are able to gift some of our excess to those in need who are currently incapable of meeting their own needs.  We are able to travel.  We are able to live without stress.  We have the opportunity to reconnect, practice love and peace, and find balance within.  We have the time and ability to focus on what is truly important to us.  Life becomes more and more fulfilling, meaningful, and enjoyable.  As the stress fades away, we are less caught up in doing, and more enjoyably caught up in BEING.  Our immune system improves, our bodies heal more rapidly, and we enjoy a higher level of healthy, balanced living.

Living a simple life can be a beautiful thing.  When we stop caring to impress others with our overly-abundant lifestyle, seeking out validation by showing others how hard we have worked and all we have gained, and instead begin to really be present and enjoy life, experiences, and the beautiful times we have and enjoy with the people we love, life becomes more meaningful and more beautiful.  We have more to give.

Just think what would happen if we all made the true beauty of simplicity a priority, making sure the NEEDS of everyone were more of a priority than feeding THE GREED MACHINE.

Today I will think about how I can simplify.  I will think on, and differentiate, between my needs and my wants.  I will answer the questions, “How can I make my life more meaningful and fulfilling through simplifying, and meeting only my true needs?  How much more time and energy would I then have for contributing to others and creating something beautiful and lasting within myself?”

By the end of his life, Jim Rohn had given lectures to and spoken with MILLIONS of people, advising them on the very best practices of life that would lead to the most optimal, incredibly enjoyable, fulfilling, purpose-filled life possible.  He explains in ANY of his  recorded content how to upgrade enjoyment in life.  Fair warning:  Doing the things he suggests daily, and consistently will change who we are at a very foundational level.  These things seem so easy that hardly anyone pays attention, but they WORK.

One of my favorite books by Jim Rohn is, 7 STRATEGIES FOR WEALTH AND HAPPINESS.  The audio version is FREE on YouTube!  You’ll want to have a pen and paper available as you listen to this book.

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