CityGirl Guide to……Less
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ~Lao Tzu
Recently I have been focused on the concept of less.
Less busy-ness, less buying, and less doing.
Frankly, it is challenging me to the core. Reading the quote above brought home to me the fact that I am addicted to more and very resistant to anything less.
Until lately, I have been under the illusion that all this frantic busy-ness and more-ness equals success. That I am somehow succeeding in life and therefore “on mission” the more busy I am and the more things I have.
Putting the above quote into practice has given me some food for thought, as well as some massive cause for concern.
Why do I/we struggle with the thought of “less”?
Surely I cannot be alone here. How many of you are content with less right now, rather than striving for more, more, more?
Perhaps you won’t want to read any further because you would rather stay caught up with “more”. After all more is sometimes easier to achieve, more may demonstrate your success and drive, more is what the masses and everyone around you are after, so you get to fit in.
As a “more” addict I have decided to sample “less” for two reasons
A- I am the Queen of “more” which has led to much burn-out
B- I have been offered the opportunity to live a life less frantic for a while
Strangely, it is the second reason that is causing me the most anxiety. Never mind health collapses here and there; CityGirl slowing down and being under less pressure, now this is a struggle I am still not sure I can bear.
“Less is More”
When I visualize this life of less though – less speed, less pressure and less availability of just about everything on my doorstep – believe it or not I am beginning to see more.
- more time
- more vitality
- more sun and certainly more style in the location!
It really rings true the idea that Less is More. Something I have never wanted to believe in.
I am starting to see “less” as a very liberating concept, within reason of course. (See below)
Practising Less…with Style
Now I am not saying that the CityGirl philosophy on less will work for everyone, but I am not going to go for less if it means I have to deny myself in too many ways, especially the areas I really value.
So, as I have started practising “less”, I decided that I would try and apply it to some of the main areas of my life where more is generally the main ethos.
Style and fashion came up…surprisingly!
This week I have been practising the art of buying less , mainly less clothing and items related to style. It was not exactly easy but I managed to adopt the concept relatively well. When I did buy something it was a better quality style, one that will last beyond one season I hope!
Yes, you could argue that, but in my book I am still purchasing less and therefore still challenging myself to experience something new for me. (Got to have some cheats; anyway my motto has always been that every luxury you buy really only costs £1; if it cost you £1000 wear it 1000 times and there you go, it cost £1.)
My focus for the coming week (I probably won’t get to cheat on as much) is practising less in terms of commitments and eating less sugar; in doing so I hope to gain more “me time” and more vitality. Let’s face it, we will only stick at these things if we are getting something great out of it.
- In what area of life would you love to give “less” a try?
- What is stopping you infrom doing so? (Fear of what comes up?)
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Gratitude, Grace xx