Ah Simplicity

I’ve just finished “Timeless Simplicity” by John Lane – a subversive little book.

I think, on reflection, that I’m half way to where I should be to live a simpler life – less cluttered with consumer junk, stress and overwork.

There are many great little lines in this book, things to read two or three times, and stop and think about.

How about this (quoting Michel de Montaigne [1533-1592]):

We are great fools. “He has spent his lifetime in idleness,” we say; “I have done nothing today.” What, have you not lived? That is not only the most fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations… To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces but order and tranquillity in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.

(My emphasis.)

Read this a couple of times… then think about what you do, why you do it, what you spend, and who persuades you to spend it.

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