In January I’ll be traveling across the US from San Francisco to South Carolina with brief stops in Chicago, Charlottesville, Virginia, and disembarking in Clemson, South Carolina. I say disembark because I’m traveling by train for the first leg of my journey. Is disembark the right term? Maybe off-board is more accurate? I don’t know.
I flew back from Seattle on Thursday after closing out a consulting assignment that lasted 7 weeks and now I’m faced with letting go. I’ve been in this situation before and it’s always a bit of a challenge.
Letting go is hard to do sometimes. I’ve found that before I can let go of anything, I have to be ready.
Take relationships as an example. They can be difficult to let go of depending on how invested you are. Of course, this is always the case but when the relationship is easy and positive, we don’t pay much attention to it. But at the end, when things get messy and one partner leaves, the other is left hurting mainly because they aren’t ready to let go.
Letting go is something we all do each day. Sometimes it’s painful, as in the previous example, and sometimes it’s nearly effortless. Take letting go of your garbage each week. That’s pretty easy.
Examples of Letting Go
Let’s look at some examples of ways we let go. Each of these is clearly easy or difficult. [Read more…]
[Published from Seattle International Airport]
There are those who can fit all of their worldlies in a backpack. There are those who count their belongings and limit them to 50, 75, or 100.
Then there are those who don’t think the number of belongings one possesses is as important as the reason one possesses them. This is the diversity of the minimalistic lifestyle.
The Many Faces of Minimalism
If you do a Google search for minimalists, you find all sorts of folks. You might find folks like Ev Bogue who lives out of a backpack and has for a very long time. You might find Joshua and Ryan who left their six-figure corporate gigs, sold everything, and moved to Montana to start a publishing company. [Read more…]
Today I boarded a plane in San Jose and flew to Seattle where I have a consulting client. While I was cruising at 40,000 feet, I came up with the simple but effective process I’ll be using to document my progress in The Year of Deeper Living project.
Side Note: I’ve always been able to experience incredible clarity while traveling by air. In 2016, I’ll see if it holds true on a train. I’m planning a cross-country Amtrak trip to visit my kids and grandkids in January.
Back to the process…It’s pretty simple like most things ought to be. Here it is….as one of my little granddaughters days…..“ta da!” [Read more…]
I’ve been told I’m a deep, serious kind of guy. I’ve heard this all my life and, to be perfectly honest, I take it as a compliment.
- “Why are you always so serious?”
- “You’re so intense.”
- “You have a very serious energy about you.”
So, I’m serious. I get it. I am who I am and at nearly 58, not a hell of a lot is going to change. And even though I’ve heard about my seriousness for, well….forever, it is actually something I guard and protect. The way I figure it, being quiet, introverted, and serious has helped me develop a quality inner life.
Inner life? WTH is that? Yeah, I get that a lot, too. All introverts have rich inner lives because we tend to live inside our heads most of the time, sharing only glimpses of our rich cerebral play-land with those we trust most. For us quiet types, we thrive in isolation and small groups whereas large group settings drain us of our mental energy. It’s one reason we’re often thought of as aloof, snobbish, or just stuck-up. But in reality, we’re simply doing what needs to be done to keep ourselves happy. 😎 [Read more…]