When starting any day, do the first best thing advises Beverly Greenslade. That thought probably helped her downsize and move her jam-packed home in Colville, WA., to the Palm Desert area in California with such calm deliberation and ease.
Alexander Green says people are either essentialists or non-essentialists It’s better to be an essentialist because then you live by choice, not default. Doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason because you choose to this not that. An essentialist sees that only a FEW things really matter.
For my artist friend, the talented Gloria de los Santos who just completed the cover art for Lebensborn Secrets, it will be to return home from the hospital to laugh for the last months of her life, dying as she is from a massive brain tumor. When and if she is able, I hope to share my favorite humorous movie, “Forget Paris.” Or, perhaps Barbara Thisted who recovers from a stroke, and someone who enjoys telling a good joke, might also enjoy.
An essentialist chooses carefully in order to make maximum contribution to their greatest priority.
Others, the non-essentialists say, “I have to,” believing everything is essential, usually adding something instead of subtracting. Green warns that those who don’t choose deliberately pursue more and more only never to feel fulfilled as they sacrifice what really matters — time with family and friends, for instance for something in the long run that ends up less — the promotion for example, or accumulating things not needed that have little value.
(Nearly ten percent of American households not only fill their homes and garages but need to rent a storage unit. That up 65 percent in the last fifteen years.)
Here’s how to know when you are doing the right thing:
l) Decide your best contribution. What are you particularly good at? What inspires you? What are your talents?
2) To achieve what is important, sacrifice what isn’t. Cut, condense, simplify your daily routine to achieve more by taking out rather than adding more.
LISTENING, PONDERING, SAVORING are good traits of an essentialist. Give yourself time to do these to increase passion and joy. I’ll pause today to appreciate the luminosity of the sun upon the land and forest this warm fall day as I send warm thoughts to Gloria and Barbara.