Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

Author:Fumio Sasaki
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

* Jiyuude aritsuzukeru tameni nijuudaide suterubeki gojuuno koto (50 Things You Should Get Rid of in Your 20s to Stay Free)

15 more tips for the next stage of your minimalist journey

1: Fewer things does not mean less satisfaction.

The American poet Allen Ginsberg once observed that if you pay twice as much attention to your rug, it’ll mean the same thing as owning two rugs. The number of possessions you have has no relevance to the level of satisfaction that you’ll get from them.

It’s said that having a possession is knowing that you own something and having a strong awareness of that ownership. That’s the way our brains function. To be acutely aware of a small group of cherished possessions, rather than having a haphazard awareness of a large pile of adequate possessions, can double or triple the satisfaction we get from our things.

We feel greater satisfaction when we own and treasure one irreplaceable coffee cup than we do when we have two or three mugs that we aren’t particularly crazy about. Reducing the number of items that we own does not reduce our satisfaction.

2: Find your unique uniform.


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