Wanting less is a better blessing than having more – Mary Ellen Edmunds. (Is there a better truth anywhere?)

Time to fess up on what I’ve been reading lately (other than the usual two dozen whodunits):

  • This article from Joshua Becker over at http://www.becomingminimalist.com/consumer-isnt/  on overcoming consumerism. I’d curl my lip and sneer at those mindless souls mentioned in the article but since I’m still one of them I won’t. I’ll just kindly shake my head in pity instead. In the article he mentions these (and more) interesting facts about North American shopping habits:
    • We are faced with close to 5000 advertisements a day. Corporations spend $50 billion every year on television advertisements. (Can you imagine if that kind of money went into helping those in need instead?)
    • 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime. (It brings to mind the old saying about lemmings mindlessly following one another over a cliff edge.)
    • Shopping malls outnumber high schools. (Imagine if there was a school every few miles down the road —wouldn’t we all be the wiser for it?)

Comparison is the thief of joy – Theodore Roosevelt. (Switch the word comparison to mindless consumerism—still reads true.)

For me reading Leo Babauta’s words are like spotting the real gems in a basket overflowing with costume jewelry. He is wisdom personified and this piece is about procrastinating and how he overcame it. As usual Leo cuts out much of the mind-clatter and lays the steps out in a simple easy manner to follow.

(I plan to give it a try later.)

  • I’m also rereading a book I wish I could give a copy of to everyone —Wisdom of the Ages by Wayne W. Dyer. It’s one of those ones where you read a little, think a lot, read a little, think a . . .

Good stuff!

  • And then there’s this little book called  Daily Rituals – How Artists work by Mason Currey. Cripes, I’m only five artists into the book and I’m beginning to sense a madness theme.

The artist in my soul loves it!

 

You can only lose what you cling to—Buddha (another smart cookie)

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