Month: February 2017

Minimalist Me

The other day I was reading an article about two minimalist guys – I think they are called “The Minimalists” on their website. Then I happened to watch a documentary on them. It’s kinda interesting. If you are interested, please search for them. It’s a liberating lifestyle – they don’t have to rely much on materialism to live a fuller life.

That got me into thinking about my own place in the world of minimalism. Am I a card carrying member of minimalism? I guess we’ll find out. Don’t take me seriously in this post. It’s a light hearted banter about living a simpler life.

Here’s my take on my attempt at minimalism:

I read about this guy who owns more than 60 suits? Wow, that’s more than my entire wardrobe. He was a fashion writer, but 60? In comparison, I have one. I guess that qualifies me to be a minimalist.

The other day, I was contemplating about getting a new pair of shoes. Instead, I ordered replacement outer soles and contact cement. I decided to become a cobbler – at least for one of my shoes so I won’t have to buy a new one. Minimalist at heart, good ol’ me. I have a feeling that this outer sole will come off my shoes within a few weeks so we’ll see.

For almost 8 years now, we used jelly glass jars or pickle jars as drinking glasses. We use them as lunch containers sometime too. They are also great containers for things you wanted to be able to see without opening the container, and they are free.

This year, we are taking a vacation from vacations. We may have some time off from work but we’re not going anywhere where we will spend $$$.  Minimalist moi indeed!

I plan to continue to be absent from any sporting events in person and watching on TV this year and in the years to come. That will result in hundreds of hours saved per year, and more rest or productivity from yours truly.  Hundreds of dollars saved is the icing on the cake. Sometimes I read sports articles and I am secretly happy that I don’t know some of the sports figures discussed.  Minimalist forever!

In case you haven’t noticed, the paragraphs above are a feeble attempt to qualify me as a minimalist. Am I really? I could tell you dozens of things that I do that are not minimalist in nature. For example: I eat good – the only thing stopping me from eating five full plates of dinner is it’s a sin (and the dire consequences, health-wise).

I wrote this hoping maybe it will serve as an inspiration to those thinking about becoming minimalists. People can be minimalists in their own small way – maybe buying a fuel sipping car (I don’t like them because they’re not quick enough), or shop daily for groceries to avoid wasted food (I’m too tired at the end of the day), or don’t eat out anymore (but many people love to eat out).

Find your own path to minimalism and enjoy it!


Love Thoughts

It’s the new year! I can’t believe it’s now 2017. It’s the second month already. I still remember 2007, even 1997 – but that seems too long ago now. I thought of making some notes on LOVE to start the new year. Why Love? Because LOVE makes the world go round (literally – I’ll explain later).

These notes are random thoughts. Every paragraph is a different thought than the next. They may interconnect or they may not. Whenever a thought comes to mind, I write it down. Then I made this post.

The whole universe can be summarized in one word:  Love. It is the reason why human beings exist. It is the same reason why we continue to thrive despite the imperfect world we live in. It will be the reason someday to keep loving.

A difficult form of love is Tough Love – people think that if you are tough on someone that means you don’t love them. Au contraire! Some people still think that loving someone means telling them only what they want to hear – instead of what’s good for them.

Love is like a drop of water that creates outgoing waves. The outpouring of our personal love should reach the persons closest to us first:  spouses, children, grandkids, parents, siblings, friends and relatives, employees, employers and finally, other people. It can’t be the other way around.

Someone said that the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy or indifference. How about selfishness? Most of the problems in the world would be solved if 99% of the people are unselfish. That would be impossible in this world. But the ones that LOVE make a big difference.

God’s love for us is what turns the world. Yeah, there are forces (gravity, centripetal and centrifugal, etc.) there that makes it possible. But who made those forces? The same forces can be changed by God – in fact the world can literally turn back in time and it did happen. Not convinced? With the world wide web, it’s very easy to research.

This is the month for Valentine’s day. I always think why do we have to designate a day for Love? Does that mean it’s ok not to love our spouses, etc if it’s not designated as the day for Love? And why wait for that day to spend quality time or give gifts. Every day is a day fit for loving. Let’s love daily!

I like this format so much that I will cut it short, that way you may read it now instead of waiting for another 200 words before I post.  That’s loving, isn’t it?