You may have noticed that the idea of less is everywhere. When you open your heart to a new idea, it starts showing up where you least expect it. My husband is a cyclist. He has always been supportive of simplifying our lives but at first was just along for the “less” ride. Today he is right by my side and sometimes even leading the way.
As I mentioned, Mark is a cyclist and recently found an article while browsing a favorite cycling site. He sent me An Argument for Less. It’s a beautiful article written from a cyclist’s perspective about the beauty, sexiness and love of less.
I think less is beautiful because it …
gives us time to breathe. When we have less to worry about, and less going on during the day, we can take time to just breathe.
provides clarity. Cutting out the unessential provides the time and space to think about and identify the most important things in our lives.
cuts through BS. With steady breathing and great clarity, we know what we are willing to tolerate. Gossip, snap judgement and BS have no place in a life of less. We can choose happiness.
affords us the opportunity to be instead of do. We can measure ourselves by who we are instead of what we get done. We can measure ourselves by how we treat people instead of how many things we acquire or the size of our bank accounts.
connects us with less-minded peeps. Without a love of less, I never would have found YOU. I’ve made life long friends by choosing a life of less and you will too.
reminds us that this is it. There is no do over. (there is that clarity speaking again)
rejects busyness. We can choose good work over busy work.
invites calm. An excessive lifestyle leads to stress and anxiety. A life of less, leads to calmness and contentedness. (contentedness is a rock star!)
allows for a remarkable life in a conventional world. When you can make choices that make your heart sing, your body healthy, and your mind sharp you can begin to change your world and the world.
is available to all. Regardless of circumstance, you can choose a simpler life. It’s here when you’re ready.
As a cyclist said so elequently…
“So give it a try. I will bet that if you swing your leg over a simple bike that you will find your boring trails transformed into fun and your life will be better. You will have more friends, more riding time, be able to clean that demon section of trail and afford that tattoo you’ve been wanting so you can show everyone just how rebellious you are.
What do you have to lose but your derailleurs?”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.