Simplify your life and make better choices

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify,” wrote Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau might have been a recluse but he was on to something. We may not be able to retire in the woods by a pond as he did, but we are able to create limits to protect ourselves.

Do you wish you had more time for yourself? Are you out of touch with your values and feelings? Do you feel you make choices “on the run?” If so, this could be an indication that you are too busy. The word “business” is derived from the word “busyness”—a word that means  “in use,” “lively but meaningless activity,” or “cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting.”

And why do we embrace “busyness?”

It could start with the way we were brought up. Perhaps our parents instilled the value that working hard was synonymous with success and having value as a human being. How many times do people in your circle respond to your saying: “I’m super busy,” or  “I’m not bored, that’s for sure” with “That’s better than the opposite.” Sadly, our western culture--especially American culture--values productivity over our health, families, or relationships.

So if you’re not busy, what’s the problem? Bored? Or just not challenged enough?

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