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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 4 8/27/2012

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!

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Chapter 4 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Passions

“Unless you’re doing something with your life you’re passionate about, you will not feel fulfilled, you will not experience a meaningful life. This is often the root cause of that empty feeling so many people experience.”

Removing Anchors to Find Your Passion:
“It is often difficult to discover your passions because you’re stuck in the vapid muck of your daily routine. It’s easy to embrace the uninspiring lifeless cycle of your everyday work. Lather, rinse, repeat. It seems too easy. That’s because it is too easy. It’s easy to get anchored down by our daily lives, and it’s much harder to free yourself of those anchors.”

*****This is key! My life was so cluttered with “things to do”, “stuff I wanted”, “stuff I had”, “maintenance on the things I had”, “things I felt obligated to do”, and on and on. I had so much “stuff” around me that I could not and did not have time to see anything else. Simplifying in life (and that will look different for everyone) is so important because then you start to have time to discover your passions and start to live them out!
Removing the Anchor of Identity:
“People get so wrapped up in their vocation as their identity that it’s hard for them to realize they are so much more – they are beautiful in so many ways.”

“You are a growing person, a contributing person, a healthy person, a person who is capable of so much more…What other meaningful labels can you use to identify yourself?

****This is great homework! Schedule some quiet time this week to make a list of meaningful labels of yourself.