“Allow Nothing In Your Life That You Cannot Walk Out On In 30 Seconds Flat.”

The above quote is from the classic Michael Mann movie Heat, with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

The character played by De Niro is the one who says the line. He plays the leader of a group of bank robbers who have to be able to just walk away from their lives if the “heat” is on.

It is a fantastic movie.

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” – C.S. Lewis

What does this have to do with minimalist living?

If your house was on fire what would you want to be able to save or salvage? Most of the stuff in your place is just that. Stuff. Most of it(all of it?) can be replaced.

Of course things like photos or family heirlooms would be missed on a much higher level. But as long as everyone is safe and unharmed isn’t that the only thing that really matters?

Now I have never been through a house fire or any other disaster where all of my possessions are wiped out, so I am sure that it is a very traumatic experience and I am sorry for anyone who has had to go through this.

I just wonder if we place too much value of these material possessions. For some their entire being seems wrapped up in how much “stuff” they own. Does own 50 pairs of shoes really make you a better person?

Maybe we should only be spending our hard earned money on things that add value to our lives.

Personally I think I want to get to a point where I can just walk away and not miss anything in my life. I do not want to be owned or tied down by my possessions.

If somethings is not adding value to your life, does this mean that is devaluing your life?

Hell even some marriages end up in this category and people do indeed walk away. Not easy to do, I know. When this happened to me, it almost killed me.

I have too many possessions. I need to do some purging, there is no doubt about that.

I am on the right path.

If you could just pick up and walk away from your current life and start over, what would you want to do and why?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

“Live Simply”

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What Will Be Said About Me When I Die

Time is a funny thing. A lot of people claim that they do not have enough time to complete all of the tasks that they have on their plate.

When we are young we think that we have all the time in the world.

As we get older we come to realize that this is certainly not the case.

Our time on this is finite.

So as my 44th year continues on I am wondering what will my legacy be after I am gone? What will people say about me?

How will I be remembered?

At the moment I do not have a “real job” in the sense of a regular gig. I substitute teach and I actually love it.

Does it matter that I so not have some big, high paying career? I do think that sometimes. Because of my minimalist lifestyle I do not need a lot of money to get by on. I live frugally and want for nothing.

And yet I still find myself thinking that I should be wearing a suit and working in an office and going to meetings and doing whatever it is that people do.

I heard a bit on CBC radio about an article by David Brooks in the New York Times, The Moral Bucket List. In it, David recounts his own advancements in career success, but the lagging nature of his growth in “generosity of spirit.” He makes the case that “resume building” has come easy to him. “Eulogy building,” on the other hand, has been much more difficult. And yet, it is far more attractive to him.

It is a fascinating and thought provoking article.

I wonder if a lot of people get caught up in what they are going to put on their resume. I think that in this day and age of rampant self promotion and self branding we do get caught up in what I will call “career chasing”. There is nothing wrong with that, but maybe we should be a bit more concerned with who we are as people. Our core values and our virtues.

I want to be at peace with my chosen path and yet I become burdened by the thought that I should have a real job.

Am I a lesser person because I do not have full time job. Let’s be honest. A lot of people, even full time teachers when I sub. tend to look down on a person a bit when they do not have a job. Maybe this is just my own twisted perception.

I want a job/career that is meaningful. One that makes a difference even in some small way. It is not about the money.

So does anyone else out there also have this internal battle between being content with their chosen life and wanting to have a “better” job?

Please share your thoughts with the class.

David Brooks is the author of The Road to Character

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Just Looking To Vent

I apologize in advance for the tone that this post may take. The avenue it may go down. And also I should apologize for being away for so long. I am not sure why I have not posted in such a long time. I suppose it is a combination of factors. I have sat down with keyboard in hand and drawn a blank on more than one occasion.

Spring is finally here in Nova Scotia. There are a few snow banks hanging around but they will be gone soon. Some people have even started some lawn care, which is good to see happening.

Things on my end have been a bit of a roller coaster. I have been substitute teaching a few days per week on average and would really like to do more of this. It is a good paying “job”, but can be a bit sporadic at times.

I do look at other job posting but I am either grossly under qualified or somewhat over qualified for jobs that are out there. In this area of small town Nova Scotia, a lot of the jobs are minimum wage or just a bit more. Hard to make a go of it on 12 dollars an hour.

I am a good teacher. I enjoy asking students questions and making them think. I like it. I just want there to be more of it.

With spring and summer I will be doing some lawn care for people which I also love doing.

So I am feeling a bit lost and my anxiety is through the roof the past few days. I am hoping that writing about it will help to alleviate the anxiety somewhat.

Is anyone out there also feeling a bit lost? I can’t be the only one.

I do tend to isolate myself at time, I will admit that. So my social circle and “social life” is non existent. I am trying to come to terms with the fact that this is my lot in life.

On a much more positive note I have hired a professional nutritionist/trainer to help me get my eating in order and to help me become a bit more fit. His name is Ricky Goodall and he is located in Halifax. I am very impressed with the personalized approach to nutrition I am receiving. Top notch .

You can check it all out at http://www.elevatedwellness.org/

I would love some feedback on this post. If anyone has any helpful tips in regards to anxiety, job searching, or any other advice at all, please share your thoughts with the class!

“Live Simply”

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I Want to Change My Life: Where Do I Start

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Why We Don’t Get Things Done

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Minimalist Lifestyle Happenings

It has been quite a while since I posted and quite a bit has happened since then.

I had lost my job(that sucked), but it was a job that certainly paid the bills. It certainly forced me to reflect a bit on where I was with my life. I tried to be proactive and applied for various jobs, got my name back on the substitute teaching list for out local school district and put some ads online to do some yard clean up jobs if needed for local folks.

Well I got a 2 week job at the post office. I have been substituting. And the online ads turned into a gig for a wonderful couple that owns an apartment building. They needed someone to do a bit of caretaking around the place. Yard clean up, shoveling and salting the walkways in the winter. I sort of make my own hours and do what needs to be done. A perfect gig for me.

So you see, things do happen for a reason. I was so unhappy at my past job. The culture at that place is one of negativity, bullying, and rampant sexism against women. The comments that my coworkers made towards women was appalling. Now a lot of people would say that this is “men being men”. Locker room talk kind of stuff. But I just don’t get it. Why is it okay and acceptable? Managers and supervisors are very aware of this behavior. They witness it first hand.

So with all the things going on with Bill Cosby it just does not surprise me. Men have this attitude toward women that they can do and say anything they want and it doesn’t matter. And I do not see it changing anytime soon.

On a different note my friend and I both realized that after months of eating nothing but garbage we had both hit rock bottom with our weight and how we felt. So for the past 2 weeks we have cleaned things up and both feel a lot better. I have been working out almost every day. It is amazing what one can do when things in life are just generally better. Not working shift work has been a huge bonus.

We are following the Whole30 Program. Just eat real food with no chemicals. Pretty easy stuff really.

I have a long way to go to try and drop a few pounds(well more than a few!). But I am just cruising along and not overthinking it. I have had success before so I know that it can be done. By next summer if I am down 20 pounds of blubber that would be grand.

Life is short. Too short to be unhappy with your job, or life in general. So if you can swing it make some changes.

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F*ck Being Happy


perfectly said!

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

send me adriftsend me adrift

I’m sprawled out on the couch right now and I’m a little tipsy off of some sauvignon blanc I liberally added to my body while cooking dinner and I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989 on repeat until my ears bleed and I’m not happy. Fuck being happy. I’m sick of trying to be happy. You know what I want to be and what I am right now? Alive.

I’m sick of the maddening sprint toward happiness. We’re driving ourselves crazy, ragged, stressed, for some high, some glimmer of a shininess, of a happiness. Why? Who said we need to be happy? Who said we deserve it? Who cares? What’s the whole point of it?

We’re unhappy because we’re not happy. We’re miserable because we’re not happy. We’re chasing happy, we’re choosing happy, we’re thinking positive! thoughts! Always positive! Always happy! Chase, choose, chase, choose.

Fuck it.


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