If “less is more,” then it stands to reason that conversely, more is less. From my perspective, that extols a simple lifestyle, but don’t take my word for it!
As a simple living enthusiast and research for a new book, I took a diverse sampling of 12 people from my client base and asked, “What does it mean to live a simple life?” Here’s what they said:
- “Slow down and enjoy small simple pleasures.”
- “Live more with less.”
- “Embrace opportunities and experiences rather than material possessions.”
- “Get back in touch with nature.”
- “Buy quality in the first place—less consumption means less load on the environment.”
- “Less clutter—body, mind, and spirit.”
- “Paring down to what’s essential in my life — not deprivation, but healthy balance.”
- “Need-based living rather than want-based living.”
- “Create and honor empty spaces in my life—small crevices of silence and pockets of stillness.”
- “Live up to my own expectation, not society’s.”
- “Live within my means.”
- “Get back to basics: engage with real people (authentic), real food (not processed), real work (contributes to society)—the meaningful real fabric of life.
My personal response to simple living — what I call wabi sabi — is here.
Now I ask you, “What does it mean to live a simple life?”
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan
© Laurie Buchanan 2013