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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” 8/7/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

cotton candy

Day 3 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Manufactured Contentment: “unhappy with our jobs and our personal lives, we tried to fix our discontent in different ways.”

As I read, here are some of the ways the authors tried to find contentment in life. Note that many of these are not bad in and of themselves, to me it is interesting to take a look at the list, because I can relate to many of them.

Many of them did bring long term contentment like my marriage to John, many were short term fixes like working my tail off to feel valued, and some I still struggle with today like my addiction to SUGAR! It is my go to when I am having a bad day.

Can you relate to any of them?

  • Religion
  • Marriage
  • Bought house
  • Start a family
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Worked his tail off
  • Performing as on of the best sales people (at work)
  • Earned promotion
  • Money
  • Buying fancy clothes
  • Expensive vacations
  • Electronics
  • Gadgets
  • Food
  • Status

Side note: They had cotton candy at the Muny (local outdoor theater) last night and I resisted! I had dreams of cotton candy last night…but I resisted!