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This book was not quite what I was expecting, and that’s not a terrible thing.

I was expecting a lot of advice and practical tips on minimizing different areas of my life. What I received was a birds-eye perspective on simplifying life as a whole, in addition to helpful mentalities to have on the journey (which is all arguably more important than basic advice)

Another way of putting it: Rather than this book telling you how to decide which clothes to remove from your wardrobe, it will make you consider the friends in your life and which ones deserve your time and energy.

Rather than dealing with the BS of 5 vs 10 pieces of clothing, this approach at simplicity and minimalism focuses on the largest drainers of our time/energy/life:

Poor relationships, poor jobs, poor friends, poor decisions.

So this book served as a healthy reminder to focus on the …

Existence becomes overcomplicated when we submit ourselves to tasks or possessions without having a clear sense of their purpose. When we don't properly know why we're doing something, we don't know how much of it we need in our life. Simplicity, therefore, can be defined as the result and precious fruit of clarifying our goals.

Simpler Life by , (Page 85)

We could step back from having an impressive car or a large house and declare that we were 'retiring from consumer society'. While such a move would typically be seen as a mark of failure, with the word 'retirement' now attached to it we can imply that our interests have been willingly and intelligently redirected towards more aesthetic or spiritual targets.

Simpler Life by , (Page 81)

If the news offered us what we truly needed, it would be worthy of our constant attention. As it is, we can - in good conscience and with great relief - largely ignore it, simplify our days and use our new-found time to roam more imaginatively through the world for the information that will genuinely help us.

Simpler Life by , (Page 74)

We will at last be able to turn in early - and get the sleep we need - not when our irritation with ourselves reaches an unbearable peak and we finally submit to the banality of an early bedtime, but when we seek our pleasures where they can more realistically be found: in the bright, energetic hours of the new day.

Simpler Life by , (Page 47)

We believe we cannot be content living just anywhere; we gird ourselves to make a bid for life at the 'centre', in one of the world's current hotspots. As a result, we face intense competition and have to work incredibly hard just to survive. Soon we come to think that it's not simply living in the right city that counts; we have to be in the right part, be invited to certain parties, attend particular events and know certain key people.

Simpler Life by , (Page 37)

we should remember to be more childlike. As children don't know what they are supposed to think, they naturally go with their true feelings - and sometimes come out with startlingly insightful and prescient judgements as a result. Trusting their own minds, they tell us that Granny is a bit selfish or that spiders are pretty; they blurt out that a lavish wedding was very boring or that the nicest thing in the world is to lie on the floor looking at the ceiling. Once we throw off the shackles of what other people think, and how we assume we're meant to feel, we're free to discover what genuinely matters to us, however eccentric or odd it might appear. We can discover for ourselves what manner of life pleases us, and the fact that it may look absurd or ridiculous or frivolous to others won't particularly bother us.

Simpler Life by , (Page 23)