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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 6 9/12/2012

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 6 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Contribution

“If you’re constantly asking yourself How an I adding value? you’ll start getting some great answers. When you think in terms of adding value, you’ll start to notice that everything you do starts adding value in various ways. That’s because over time you’ll begin to weed out anything that doesn’t add value to your life or to other people’s lives.”

Contribution can be so many things, but what I have learned it the greatest way that I can make a difference in the world everyday is add value to people. But just like everything good, I have to be intentional about doing it. It is so easy to run to the grocery store and be in my own world, I have to remind myself to be about others. To smile, to say excuse me when I walk to front of someone trying to figure out what laundry detergent they need (since the seem to change the labels on a regular basis), allow others to go ahead of you when you walk up to the checkout at the same time, and thank the bagger and wish them a great day. I also note how it makes me feel when people that I don’t know make kind gestures towards me. You can’t go wrong with adding value to people! Lets be intentional about it today!