25 Ways to Choose Less Every Day
I have a brand new article at No Sidebar offering ideas on how to choose a simple and slow life every day!
Every day we are granted a new opportunity to design a life with joy, freedom, love, and space. We make thousands of decisions in every 24-hour period and it seems the longer we’re alive, the more complicated the decisions become.
As I progress in this pursuit of simple living, I’m more aware that often the complexities of decision making are compounded by previous less than ideal decisions. Going to the gym shouldn’t be a day-long dilemma, but it often is due to the number of days prior I decided not to go. I get lazier as the days pass.
When it comes to the weightier decisions, the lifestyle we live and the decisions we make about our future plans or discipline methods or value systems all come at a higher cost. One thing I’ve learned from raising young kids is that they are mirrors, reflecting everything I do and say.
My five year old daughter expects a sweet treat anytime we run to the grocery store because I may at one time (or a hundred) have conditioned her with my own sweet tooth while running errands. My youngest sleeps with seven pacifiers because she needs options, much like my scarcity issue that there won’t be enough of anything.
It’s these decisions and behaviors that led me to seek a simple life. I needed space and clarity to make better decisions that don’t only impact me, but my family as well.
As it turns out, parenting and simplifying have been the two biggest truth-tellers in my life. Kids are notoriously honest, not to mention their ability to reflect the things we don’t want to see in ourselves. And simplicity has become the filter through which I make decisions about my life, and what doesn’t pass through are often my own fears, insecurities, and vices.
While reflecting on what it takes to make life simpler, to make decisions easier, and craft a life of joy and freedom I had to consider the small, seemingly insignificant choices I make every day. I began by choosing less, small, and slow.
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