As I get older, I have profound appreciation for life and the choices it offers. I can choose to be the happiest person on this earth or the saddest victim around. It’s all up to me to choose thoughts and choose what matters most for my happiness.
Many of our worries are byproduct of thoughts that we harbor and power our mind has to zoom in on these thoughts to magnify them. That’s both good and bad as wrong thoughts can lead you to the abyss of despair and good thoughts can take heights you’ve never witnessed before.
Having said that, I still think that my life is nothing more than my desire to choose. It’s that simple.
It’s my desire to choose what I want, who I want around, and how I want to project myself in front of others.
Success has many facets and like good and bad cholesterol, my desire to accumulate success just in the form of materialistic view point and not focusing on my success to weigh in what matters most to live an optimal life can lead me to the same abyss of despair that I find so many who can’t find way to pull themselves out of this deep dark valley.
A path to minimalism
This may astound you but most of our worries lie around fake phobias that we have developed for the physical world that surrounds us. We worry about making house payment, or making car payment, or losing a job we hate. These are subtly interrelated cousins who feed each other to feed our myopic view of the world.
We think of our problems as a permanent state of being. As these worry cousins take chances to stab any seeds of happiness that we try to sow in our lives.
Most worries are just that. They are nothing but state of mind we create between our two ears. And the good news is that we can choose to find freedom from the slavery of these worry cousins.
For me, a slowly and well thought transition to minimalism is the surefire way to an optimal life design I want.
As I get older, I want to become mindful of what I own, what I eat, what I think and whom I surround with. I no more relish of my excitement for a big win in any facet of my life nor I regret not having all of those things that world considers yardstick of success.
I will strive every awake moment to find happiness and only happiness that comes from within. For that, I won’t need many things that are not part of my optimal life design.
- I don’t need approval from others in the way I live my life. Approval seeking is not part of my optimal life design and never will be.
- I don’t need any debt. I don’t want debt to influence my thoughts and squash the bug that I have to live life to the fullest.
- I don’t need TV and other forms of entertainment as they espouse consumerism.
- I don’t need any form of possessions that serves no purpose to enhance my inner happiness.
I don’t want these things so that I can maximize my choices to live a happy life.
- I want to seek more of life-energy to do things I love to do.
- I want to read more and write more.
- I want to make difference in this world in whichever capacity I can as life has been generous to me.
- I want to measure every aspect of my life with lenses of minimalism so that I can measure my success not just in terms of material wealth but more in terms of inner happiness.
Have you thought about your optimal life design yet?