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Remember, you were not brought to earth to mull over trivial issues like which shoes or outfit to wear. Your purpose in life is more than cursing at the cable TV operators for the 10th rerun of The Golden Girls.
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Small Steps to Living Small

 
small steps to living small

Small Steps to Living Small

Posted by in Life, Self Love, Work-Life Balance 08 Jul 2015

I felt compelled to write this blog today as I listened to the online gripe of what is popularly known as #firstworldproblems.  So here are some #firstworldproblems  I often hear or see posted online (some of which I am guilty of):


  • – cable is showing the same movie again for the 10th time (guilty as charged)
  • – waiting for 5 minutes for the train/bus to get home
  • – there is a traffic jam; now I’m stuck in my car on the highway 
  • – my bags don’t match my shoes
  • – I don’t know what to have for dinner (never mind the fridge is packed to the brim)

Remember, you were not brought to earth to mull over trivial issues like which shoes or outfit to wear. Your purpose in life is more than cursing at the cable TV operators for the 10th rerun of The Golden Girls.

Okay, so you get the drift.  Why agonise over these issues.  Let’s do a quick reframe.  If you had only one pair of shoes and one handbag, wouldn’t that reduce your time agonising over what to wear and what to match?  What if you had no cable TV and then could reach out for book to read?

One of the biggest challenge when trying to make a change is you try too do too much at once.  When you are used to living large, it will take time to start scaling down.  And when you try too scale down too fast, the level of discomfort increases drastically and you will soon give up and go back to living large and increasing your #firstworldproblems.

How then did I do it?  Small steps, gradually changing my lifestyle.  It first started by minimising the electronics in my house to just one television, one radio and one lap-top per user.  I then went through my kitchen and reduced the number of appliances and crockery that were of little use to my household; next I went through my book-case and eliminated some of the non-classics and gave them away; then I went on to my wardrobe and gave away outfits that I no longer wore.  This whole process took me at least 3 years and there are still minor actions that I take every now and then.

So if you want to live a simpler life, start by taking small actions.  Just that one action and gradually make more changes.

Remember, you were not brought to earth to mull over trivial issues like which shoes or outfit to wear.  Your purpose in life is more than cursing at the cable TV operators for the 10th rerun of The Golden Girls.

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