She's sharing a story about her boyfriend when I hear her say the following,
"My boyfriend doesn't need much to be happy. He leads a very simple life. Simple clothes. Simple food. Limited technology. It's amazing how little he needs in order to be happy."
Not needing much to be happy. Doesn't the thought of that feel like a huge relief?
This is a concept I discuss at length with my private clients; the things we tell ourselves we need in order to feel good or happy.
Usually we've got quite a list.
I'd like to encourage you to take the time to re-evaluate what you've been telling yourself you need in order to feel [fill in the blank], happy, loved, success, wealthy.
Because maybe it's by believing you need all those specific things, that you're preventing yourself from feeling more free?
Attaching your ability to feel good to external things only adds fuel to the fire of suffering.
As I write this note to you tonight, I can't help but think that I'd much rather have people think of me as the woman who didn't need much to be happy than the woman who never seemed to be pleased.
Maybe it's by having the courage to hack away at the un-essential and to extract joy from the simplest measures of living that we earn the rite to live our greatest dreams.
You're allowed to want all those great big things. In fact, there's tons of power to be found in what Napoleon Hill calls a definiteness of purpose. Great riches can come from getting specific about your big vision.
One of the principles I frequently teach is, "Want it. Want it. Want it. Then let it go."
You can want it really bad, but you can't need it in order to be happy. It's the needing that leads straight to suffering.
In what way are you yearning to live more simply?What's blocking you from doing so?
Feel free to share it with me below. I'd love to support you on your journey towards giving yourself what you really need.