Pressing Pause


I am reading a terrific book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  The author’s premise is that we should not live by default and let the world dictate what we value and pursue, but rather we should strive to live by design.  We each have many choices to make each day.  For the essentialist, these choices are made deliberately by distinguishing the vital few from the trivial many.

Today’s modern, internet connected world rushes by us at such a frantic pace.  Without deliberately choosing what to include in our lives, we miss what is essential, that which truly matters.  Thus, from time to time, we need to press pause, sit back, breath deeply and relax.

This theme strikes a chord with me here at The Hill of Beans, as I endeavor to discuss things that matter.   I won’t go into much detail today, but I will further write about it as I absorb more of this book.

Here are a few germane questions for you to ponder that are posed by the author:

What if society stopped telling us to buy more stuff and instead allowed us to create more space to breathe and think?

What if we stopped being oversold the value of having more and being undersold the value of having less?

What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?  What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?

— Greg McKeown


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