Living a more simple earth-friendly lifestyle does not need to be hard. It is not so much about having to do something or start anything. All you really need to do is just quit.
For most of us living in hyper-consumer economies, things have been getting steadily more complicated and cluttered since the 1950s. Now our lives are so full that it is getting difficult to add anything more without clones to help us consume an infinity of stuff.
So just quit and exercise some simple mathematics. No more adding and multiplying the stuff and demands on our time. It is time for subtracting and dividing our way to a more reasonable simple lifestyle, one with more space and time for the things we are passionate about.
Over the years my family has been doing the math, and subtraction is where it is at. Here are a few of the things we have happily removed from our lives.
- fast foods and processed foods
- frequent use of meat
- driving for pleasure and entertainment
- restaurant meals
- excess baggage of stuff that has ceased to be meaningful to us
- Christmas gift giving
- the need to say yes to everything
Satisfying our needs is simple and straightforward. As soon as we start adding wants, and especially infinite wants, life gets decidedly more complex. And expensive. And harmful to yourself, others, and the planet.
Instead of starting anything in an already busy life, why not quit a few things? Rather than onerous, you may find it liberating.