Today, I posted my second recording on Spoken; as before, I have also included a transcript of the audio. Enjoy.
2016 will be all about simplicity for me.
In previous years, I have gone with two general use cases:
New Years resolutions don’t work for most people because they lack accountability and they don’t feel forced to continue after that point-of-no-return that ends in missed opportunities. However, I have Shawn Blanc at my side. In his recent online course, The Elements of Focus, I have been following along with each of his ideas and I love what Shawn and his work stands for: understanding yourself, your motivations, and acting on those motivations.
For me, the one thing that has come out of all this learning is a better understanding of myself in that I crave simplicity. This craving comes out in my minimalist tendencies, my frugality, and, recently, inbox zero in my work and personal lives, among many other things. But the reason I bring this up is that simplicity is an overarching theme in my life and I want to better focus on that in the coming year. This is not a resolution, this is a fundamental shift in perception.
Simplicity has to be included in every facet of one’s life or else it means nothing. Below is a list of examples of the “accomplishments” and ideas, though not exhaustive, on which I would like to focus in the new year through this new lens of simplicity:
Since this is not a resolution, there is no way to “fail”; this thought process will be a conscious and conscientious rethinking of each part of my day, each decision I make, throughout the coming year. So here’s to 2016.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard