“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”-Lin Yutang
As we get older and use our experiences in life to apply the right knowledge, at the right time, and in the right way, we begin to appreciate the simple over the complex. We begin to double-down on the essentials and eliminate the non-essentials. The none-essentials begin to stick out and glare for what they really are… a waste of time, energy, and resources.
Not necessarily minimalism just for minimalism’s’ sake, but a stream-lining of priorities that allows us to premeditate the affairs of our lives and experience comfort and contentment now – while manifesting a better and brighter future.
Do I really need that next, ellusive “thing,” or are my mental and physical resources best spent on optimizing what I already have?
Do I really need to surround myself with more “stuff” to feel happy, whole, content, secure, and complete?
Or, do I need to eliminate the mental and physical clutter so I can have enough elbow room to make fair and honest assessments of what I really need/want?
Wisdom is found in knowing when and how to eliminate the non-essentials in our lives so we can double-down on the things that REALLY matter most.
Applied wisdom understands that we’re not really after the things or stuff… we’re after the experiences that we think and expect the things/stuff to help us create. Is it possible to create the experience now, without having to chase the objects? That’s wisdom!
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Hi, my name is Daniel Fortune. I’m a husband to 1, dad to 5, U.S. Army combat veteran, mental health advocate, writer, and public speaker currently residing in the central valley of the sunny state of California. I started the Minding My Own Madness Blog as with a vision to become one of the best personal development and mental health resource blogs. As someone who has battled with combat related PTSD and Bipolar 1 Disorder for 2 decades now, I intimately know the unique struggles people living with a mental illness face. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you find yourself in crisis or would just like to say hi. I’m always just a message away.
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