12 October 2009

Recommended Wisdom - Minimalism

"A minimalist values quality, not quantity, in all forms . . . And so I began going through each room of my house, searching for one item to throw or give away. It wasn’t life-changing, but it was a start. With each room I began to realize that many of the things I had purchased with such anticipation and fanfare had quickly been relegated to a dark corner of the closet as their novelty wore off, never to be touched again. I knew that possessions didn’t equal happiness, but it was apparent that I had been learning this lesson over and over again for the past several years. Each small step towards a life of less felt like a powerful blow to what had become a vicious cycle."

Christ said it this way: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

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2 comments:

Crystal Marshall said...

Mr. Williams,

This article reminds me again of how cool "The Art of Manliness" site is...I find the articles and blogs very applicable to myself from time to time, despite the difference in my gender. Do you know of a similar site for women?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Crystal. Yes, it is a VERY cool site. I love it. I posted a piece there a year ago:

http://artofmanliness.com/2008/10/27/manly-advice-from-robert-e-lee-plus-a-book-giveaway/

The site is run by Brett McKay. He started the blog while a law student in 2008 as an outlet for his passion about what a man should be and to supplement his income.

May I suggest you start a site for women . . . "The Art of Femininity" (or womanliness). You certainly have the writing ability, the proper background and philosophy, and a great academic community to help you get started. What do you think?