A nice reminder

I read this on the Becoming Minimalist blog…I enjoyed the reminder of simplicity.
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“Designing a simple life invites us to measure our lives differently. We realize as we pare down that we don’t have to keep up. We don’t have to buy, borrow, upgrade, or upsize to secure our place in the world.

5 Better Ways to Measure Your Life

1. Gratitude.
With a measure of gratitude, you gain the world. When you are grateful for what you already have, you don’t need more. Gratitude is always enough.

2. Generosity.
To measure the man, measure his heart.” Malcolm Forbes once said.
A great gift of simple living is the freedom to give. The infinite freedoms available when we design a life of less allows for infinite ways to be generous. Whether it’s with our time, money, talents, hospitality, donations, or airline miles—when the measuring stick of things ends, generosity keeps growing.

3. Contentment
Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough. And it invites an unmistakable freedom into our lives.

4. Availability
Busyness is no way to measure a life. Busy is a thief. It’s a phantom measure of worth and success and it will never get as much done as availability will. Remain available. Learn to say no, and measure your life by the things you get to say yes to.

5. Purpose
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as once saying.

If we pay too close attention to how the world measures life we will never understand the difference that our life, our one life, can make. Simplicity of home, time, and character magnifies the very things we were designed for—it points us to the significance of who we are.

We are purposed for much more than our net worth and closet size. Simplify and live well.

The Great Recession of 2008 changed us. More and more people are looking for a new way, a simple way to live. As advertisers revamp their messages toward this post-recession culture, we can redefine the measure by which we live. It helps to remember the best things in life can’t be pitched in thirty second ads.”






Gratitude or Happiness – what comes first?

Today has been a crazy day. I knew from the moment I woke up holidays were over! My Man was out the house by 8am dressed in the suit. The list of things to do was compiled and the balancing of 4 other lives and their needs was happening in a whole different way. It was a rude awakening and it has been hard to stay positive!


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This evening I had time to read through a few things and came across this:

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. And that gratefulness quickly leads to a satisfied, simplified, focused life.”
Becoming Minimalist

So much of what I have been reading in the positive psychology world is about being grateful and I really appreciated the links made here between gratefulness, satisfaction and happiness. It is easy to be grateful when we are happy, but to realise that being grateful brings that happiness or joy is a different matter.


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I am grateful for the holidays that we have had.  We have been blessed as a family to spend many days in the sun, sand and surf.  And we have been blessed to spend many days with family and friends.


Sometimes we need the links between theory and practice to be spelled out clearly. That’s what I love about the things I am learning and share with you –  it is all just living.