Voluntary Simplicity, Affluenza And Life Choices!

Hello and thanks for dropping by :)

I hope your week has gone well and that you’re weekend is even better!!

For me – and this is not to brag – there really is no weekend as everyday can be considered part of a seven day weekend in my life. And while I do work on Friday and Saturday evening, this is a total of only ten hours out of 168 hours (7 days X 24 hours a day) so it’s no biggie! And of course, I do other things as well during those seven days which earns me money to live, but I do them when I want and sometimes even where I want, like at a local coffee shop if I’m writing or working on a client’s web-site or working on my eBay business. I love that I am not “chained” to a desk and chair like I used to be when I worked traditional style 9 to 5 jobs (from the age of 18 to 32) and I count my lucky stars almost daily :)

As mentioned, it wasn’t always this way though and it took two very specific events to help define the lifestyle I live today.

The first – and most dramatic (at least for me) – was the introduction of the World Wide Web (WWW) back in 1995. It took more than a few years for me to grasp how I could make a living from this awesome resource, but once I did, my having to ever work a typical 9 to 5 job was over with! Thank you Internet!! :)

The second important event that resulted in my adopting a simple lifestyle was thanks to a PBS TV program called Affluenza.

One day, as I was switching channels on my TV, I happened to come across the last few minutes of a show – which I knew nothing about – that instantly caught my attention. On the program, there was a woman who was complaining that “My life has become so chaotic that I have trouble sorting things out on a daily basis and I think this might help!” The “this” she was referring to was a concept called Voluntary Simplicity, which was a course/workshop being offered by Dick Roy of the Northwest Earth Institute (NEI) to employees at Nike’s Portland headquarters.

Up until that point I had never heard the phrase Voluntary Simplicity, but was immediately drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Truth be told, I had already been living this way for a long time, but did not know that there was a growing community out there who shared the same thoughts and life choices that I did. I quickly did a Google search at the time and found a small number of websites that defined the concept with greater clarity…and I was hooked. For many years I thought I was the odd-man out as it were, and was excited to read that there were a lot of folks who felt the same way I did. Once again, thank you Internet!! :)

All this to say, if you find that you are on the fence about Simplicity, or simply looking to change a few things in your life that you’re not happy with, take a couple of hours and watch the Affluenza / Escape from Affluenza video by clicking on the YouTube link here. Now I know you might think, “who has time to watch a video for two hours”! But if you do take the time, you might just be surprised at how much more time you’ll eventually get back in return!

Take care and all the best.

So…what was your first introduction to Simple living?

Have you adopted a simpler lifestyle, or are you unsure how to proceed?

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this topic so please continue the conversation down below in the comments section. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated

OH…and I’m now on Facebook if ya wanna be friends. You can friend me at https://www.facebook.com/lyle.robinson.528

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Take care and all the best.


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