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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 4 9/1/2012

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

Finding Your Passion

“What would you do with your life if money wasn’t as object? Most people who are searching for their passion are still deeply anchored to some (if not all) of the four anchors mentioned above, which causes them to articulate a fairly common response: I don’t know. If you don’t know, it’s likely because you’re still anchored.”

Write down your answers to the following:
When was the last time you felt overwhelmed with excitement?
What were five other (different) experiences like this?
Why were you excited each of those times?
Which experiences were you excited about for the longest period of time?
Was there a common thread among the things that excited you?
What did excitement look like? (How did your physiology change in these situations? Posture? Facial expressions? Breathing? Heart rate? What else?)

****Please don’t rush through this. If you are not sure what you would do if money was not an issue, take time to reflect on the above questions. John and I were just talking at dinner last night how we do not take the time or even appreciate the concept of stopping and thinking, rolling things over and over in our minds, picking them apart piece by piece. I think our busy culture is in conflict with this type of thinking, but it is so valuable! Think about it and don’t let it go until you start seeing pieces come together.