Today it is an honor and a privilege to have Sami, from Life, Laughs, & Lemmings here, sharing some of her wonderful knowledge, mixed with that fun and humorous side I’ve come to know and love. Sami calls Australia “home”, so today we’re traveling “down under” as this bright young lady shares her wisdom here.
Sami describes her blog as “serious fun”. And I think that’s right on the mark! She’s a sweetheart of a soul, and cares deeply for the world we live in, all the while having fun and really living life. A perfect example of this is her Daisy List (a spin on the Bucket List idea). And just to see how she’s not afraid to have fun and really let the joy in her heart out, check out the video she shared on this post she did (sorry, Sami, it’s too good not to share!). Or to see how she values laughter, check out this post.
Sami is one awesome lady, a great friend, and – she’s simply an awesome writer! To keep up with all that she’s doing, subscribe to her blog right here!
And with that, Sami, the floor is yours…
Less Stuff, More Meaning
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." ~ Leonardo DaVinci
Damn those Jones’ and their fancy cars, fancy house, fancy TV and fancy clothes. And damn all those companies with their fancy ads who know exactly how to make us feel less worthy/cool/successful if we aren’t able to keep up with the Jones’ and preferably out-fancy them.
Funny thing about those Jones’ and all their fancy friends, they tend to have very fancy debt. Fancy that! In other words, it’s often all show.
The marketers will have us believe that once you get that latest model, special edition, limited run, fuscia BMW, THEN you’ll get the girl (or boy). Or if you just get those current season, bright red, 7 inch Manolo Blahnik heels, THEN you’ll be sexy (and crippled). And God forbid you should even think about not getting the latest phone that can give you your GPS co-ordinates, microwave your lunch, translate dog language, crack the Da Vinci code AND would you believe, make phone calls. You can kiss that happiness good bye without it!
I should know, I used to be in marketing (before I saw the light). I know a lot of the tricks like using emotive language in copy, upbeat music in stores, product placement on shelves, loss leader products and the lesser known; beautiful people specifically placed at specific bars buying a specific product so others will specifically emulate them.
Don’t get me wrong, I use to want and strive to buy all the latest electronics, clothes, car, etc, etc. An unwanted divorce, a subsequent
escape relocation to another country and leaving behind all my worldly possessions sans two bags worth of clothes and a few sentimental items took care of that.
It’s really quite humbling but also liberating having your entire material world encased in two bags sitting at your feet. What I very quickly learnt through my situation was who really cares about me and what I really should care about. “Stuff” didn’t really figure in the equation.
Once all that is material was gone, all I was left with was myself and my survival. For some that can be incredibly daunting and have as much appeal as turning up to work butt naked (given I work from home, that would be less of an issue for me but would make for interesting times should the FedEx guy turn up to the door).
Whilst it can be daunting, when the distractions of possessions, image, status and keeping up with all of that are no longer there, you are left with freedom. Freedom to move, freedom to discover who you really are, freedom to be peaceful and freedom to uncover what is really important like your health, your family and friends and your purpose.
I’m not suggesting you go out and reduce your material possessions to two bags but what I am saying is that there is power, freedom and meaning to be had if you live a life with less stuff and less attachment to the stuff. Besides, fewer possessions means less consumption, less damage to the planet, less cost, less maintaining, less cleaning and more time, money, fun, freedom and fulfillment.
And who doesn’t want more of that?
Oh, and by the way, uncool is the new black. So if you want to be in season, you really must go out and get yourself some!