The other day I downloaded a free book on my Kindle called A Day in the Life of a Minimalist by Joshua Fields Milliburn. It is written by a guy who decided he had enough of the rat race of materialism and decided to drop out of that lifestyle. This book is a collection of essays from his website http://www.theminimalists.com/. The book is an easy read, particularly when you skip the stuff he already mentioned several times before but parts of it resonated with me. His mantra is living a meaningful life with less stuff. An interesting facet of his new lifestyle is that he is concerned in improving the human condition. He writes that the meaning of life is “growth and contribution…each year i grow, the more I grow, the more I have to give.” (At the end of the book he gives permission to use his writing as long as one mentions his website so I am going to quote a couple more thoughts of his and then move on.
First quote: You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This was the corporate mantra by which I lived for a long time. And it’s total bullshit.
The second this really isn’t a quote but a chapter called “Photoless Vacations”. He writes that it is better to live the moment than to miss the moment because you are trying to record the moment on your cell phone. He is right. (I believe the creation of the smartphone is leading to the death of Western Civilization as we know it…but that is another story for another time.)
Anyway, an interesting book at the right price. Check out his website and listen to this tune that came to mind:
The results of the last presidential election and advancing age has me thinking about work a lot. It would be nice to become a minimalist but what are the odds of that? So I am reading a new book by Timothy Keller entitled Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. I am only half way through it and I think it will help me work my way out of my middle aged funk. And…my Pastor today cited an interesting Bible verse regarding materialism and conflict:
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
One last song reference from on of the greatest bands of all time… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRrISZAF7lo
And he wore a hat
And he had a job
And he brought home the bacon
So that no one knew
I gotta go…