Essential

There are really only a few things that are truly essential to a healthy life. Still, we choose to pollute our lifestyles everyday with unnecessary things that only bring temporary pleasure. In the end, though, a simple lifestyle filled with only the essentials is ultimately more satisfying and healthier. The USA loves to fill our minds with the idea that all these new products and items are essential to our life. But keep in mind, none of these existed 50 years ago. A rule of thumb that I like to live by is: If your great grandmother would not buy it, or it was not available at her time, then you shouldn’t either. It’s true too. Nearly every new product or food made today is not necessary to our lives. It is nothing but a shortcut that ultimately may be harmful to us, rather than helpful.

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
— John Burroughs

Find what makes you happy and healthy, and stick to it. Chances are, it will be things that money can’t buy. Friends, experiences, and memories are more satisfying and beneficial than they newest video game that you may be striving after. Spend your money on memories rather than products. Take a while to simplify your life, and see how much less clutter your mind and life experiences.

 

Simplify your life.

Find the essentials.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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