The notion of living a simple life, for many, is automatically associated with living a life that is somewhat unsuccessful; a life that is peaceful but not what we are fully capable of experiencing as flourished humans.
It has been my experience that the complete opposite is true.
There are some common misconceptions that I often come across which are worth addressing:
Misconception #1: The desire for simplicity is ultimately a desire born out of learned helplessness.
That is to say: “There’s no point living an extravagant life. It’s too hard, and not worth even trying”.
False: The desire for simplicity is born out of the maturity to be able to see that material extravagance is no match for inner majesty.
Peace and joy become priorities, and they are known to be influenced by value such as wonder, curiosity, relationships, appreciation, recreation, the arts and others alike – none of which require the acquisition of popular products.
Simplicity is never due to the anticipation of failure, it is welcomed because what is deemed as ‘success’ the the eyes of today’s commercial society seems useless. It simply does not achieve the result we are looking for. [Read more…]