I’ll the first to admit that this isn’t our traditional Monday Motivation with speeches and videos that get you pumped up to tackle the week. Instead, this week’s reads force some introspection. From the distractions that smartphones place upon us to the meaning of letting go of our possessions, I hope these reads draw some contemplation on your behalf on your quality of living. I don’t care about how much money you make or the car you drive. But are you enjoying your life? Do the relationships in your life enrich you and give you a sense of purpose? When was the last time nature left you in awe? Have a good answer to all these questions and then I think you’re really on to something.
Could you live without a smart phone? Don’t give me some bullshit muttering of yes. Seriously, think about it. Most of us are glued to the damn things and I absolutely hate that I’m guilty of it as well. Dinner with friends, reading a book, drinking with buddies. I’ve been guilty of looking at my phone on all occasions and it’s no way to live life. It’s impossible to be present in the moment and to appreciate what living actually is. I found this article incredibly illuminating on how different and probably better life would be without a smart phone.
This is badass. Enjoy.
My good friend once said that, “perspective is ever-changing.” I couldn’t agree more and this article hits on the cycle of change with an endearing story of overcoming struggles and addiction. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a Hollywood ending but there are lessons here that we can all appreciate it.
Most of the stuff we have we don’t actually need. 17 pairs of shoes. A labtop, ipad, and an iphone. Why? I think because in some narcissistic sense, having more stuff gives us a sense of entitlement in a way in which our identity is tied to how much stuff we have or have the potential to have. Without stuff, we are alone in this world with only ourselves, our thoughts, and other people. That’s a terrifying thought to some yet it’s something that I’ve been thinking more and more about. Learn to let go of the distractions of the modern world and what you’ll find is your true self and the world as we were meant to enjoy it as.