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.)
- Then I came across this article on letting go of procrastination from Leo at http://zenhabits.net/leggo/
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 . . .
- 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)