Monday, March 7, 2011

The Practice of Simplicity

Do not make anything larger, more complex, or more serious than it needs to be.

Let nature and solitude be enough for my daily pleasure.

Always remain conscious and present with the task at hand.

Remember that some things are best left undone.

Minimize exposure to ‘news’ and commercial advertising.

Follow Goethe’s advice to ‘hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day …’

Keep nothing that is not either useful or beautiful.

Remember that every act of consumption has environmental and social consequences.

Don’t waste time attempting to rebut the arguments of foolish people.

To quote Alice Longworth Roosevelt, ‘fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches.’

Canoe in the Mist