Shiny New Choices

“My washing machine overwhelms me with its options and its sophistication.”

Uma Thurman

“You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.”

Ray LaMontagne

“I like both Blu-ray and DVD, but Blu-ray gives you more options.”

Nicolas Cage

Too many choices is likely the biggest culprit for why we can’t finish anything. There’s just so many ideas, projects, books, courses, places to visit… you name it! We could be doing all of them, so we end up doing none of them.

Why finish this thing when we could start that other thing.

Too many options is the same reason why when we get a chance to travel (particularly abroad) we inevitably cram our days with things to do and see and attempt to fit one thousand experience into one week.

Whether it’s a business idea, art project or travel plan, one big reason why we get stuck or derailed is because of too many options.

Don’t get me wrong, options are great. Options are opportunities. Some people this very second are dealing with the fact that they don’t have many options. But too many possibilities can leave us feeling overwhelmed and winded.

I think this is why minimalism and The Magically Art of Tidying Up (wait, is that the right title?) is mainstream right now. We’re all feeling the creep of more — more choices for entertainment, and food, more global connectivity, more stuff, more work, more time needed. No wonder most of us crave simplicity. We crave flexibility and freedom of choice, but also equally crave simplicity.

Another way to think about minimal living is ‘intentional simplicity’. It’s not that you can’t do more, buy more or see more, it’s just that you choice to narrow your focus on only what matters to you in this moment.

Limitation sparks creativity.

Narrowing our options gives us more room to breathe and more time to enjoy what we love. The desire is to keep yourself in check and doing the things you love, instead of being endlessly distracted by shiny new things.

There’s a balance, of course. Make things too simple, and you end up with an empty apartment with only a mattress on the floor with nothing to pursue. (Unless your intention is to force yourself out of the house 😉.)

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #752

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