Shedding The Layers Of Complexity In Our Lives

It’s not uncommon to start your adulthood with very few possessions and money with the goal of acquiring more stuff and money as you go. The unintended consequence of having more money is (in my humble opinion) acquiring too many things, which often leads to the reverse, acquiring more things than you have money (debt).

As time goes by we find that along our journey to having more, we make our lives more complex. By complex I mean having to work more in jobs we don’t enjoy to maintain our lifestyle. We sign our names on dotted lines that require more obligation, money and time than we originally thought we were prepared to expend.

By downsizing our lives (whatever that looks like for you) we are able to reverse or recover from this complexity at a much faster rate. When the dust settles hopefully we’ll be in the exact place we’d like to be. That being much less complexity and more much simplicity in our lives.

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2 Comments → “Shedding The Layers Of Complexity In Our Lives”


  1. Debbie

    Mar 22, 2014

    BEAUTIFULLY STATED! Especially the first paragraph. Thanks for getting me started thinking along the road that I need to go. ;-)

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  2. Marsha Cowan

    Mar 22, 2014

    Very well put…, 8 years ago, I sold everything I had, loaded my 83 Honda with lots of books, some clothes, a few keepsakes, and a folding cot, and as my children were all grown and on their own, I headed out West from NC to teach high school on a Native American Reservation. I absolutely loved the freedom of not having to maintenance “things”, and the students that I taught were blown away by the fact that I owned less than they did and was so happy. Well, to make a long story short, when I moved back to NC, I had no more than when I left, so it was an easy move into my first tiny house, and an even easier one into this tinier house. Life is not about stuff. Life is about living, experiencing, growing, loving, caring, giving…none of which takes excessive money or stuff. Ah! Freedom! Thanks, Steven!

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