I recently finished a book called Living With Less – The Upside of Downsizing Your Life by Mark Tabb. The book does have a lightly spiritual or religious focus, so it may not be for everyone. But, if you are at all spiritual, it will make you examine your life.
I was an eager reader, as I am totally on board with this idea. In my opinion, people live with so much more than life requires. Why? Not that I am advocating becoming a Quaker or Buddhist monk, just having what you need and little more.
On that thought, I really related to chapter 8 in Tabb’s book. It is called “But I Live in the Real World”. In it he talks about how to bring meaning to” living with less”, all while paying bills and managing a family. By making basic changes, Tabb suggests you can keep the demands of the physical worked from blocking what you really want in life. He offers ten suggestions for making simplicity a vital part of your daily life.
- Live below your means, rather than beyond them
- Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
- Don’t believe the hype
- Spend wisely, See your money as God’s possession, not yours
- Leave room for extravagance
- Invest your resources in people, not stuff
- Give to your local church
- Enjoy what you have a s gift from God
- Avoid becoming a legalistic jerk
Tabb believes that nothing trips us up like material possessions. The book is all about encouraging others to clear the obstacles from their life to learn what really matters.