Learning to Live a Simple Life, Pt. III

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. ~ Steve Maraboli

We’ve talked all week about learning to live a simple life. It is the most effective way to decrease stress, anxiety and worry and maintain your health. All of those negative emotions are about control and responsibility. The less you have to worry about, the less you’ll worry. Simplicity is all about letting go.

Money is a big stressor, so I’ve saved that lesson for today. On our list of ways to live a simple life, your attitudes and habits about money are perhaps the most challenging to change. You will need to …

Value money more than things.
We all want to enjoy a long and active lifestyle. That requires a commitment to saving, not accumulating.

Give yourself at least a 24-hour wait-time before buying that thing you ‘just can’t live without’. You will find that your new simple life doesn’t need or support all those cravings for stuff. Ignore the bombardment of advertising and take pleasure in watching your savings and investments grow.

Get out of debt. Whatever it takes.
As the world economy stays volatile, one of the best things you can do for yourself is simplify your finances. Don’t be at the mercy of credit card companies and banks. Do simple things to cut your expenses – then pay down your credit cards and create a savings cushion.

  • Get a library card.
  • Resurrect your crock pot.
  • Review your insurances and check comparative rates.
  • Use Craig’s List and E-bay for larger purchases.
  • Shop for cell phone, internet and TV services.
  • Find a cost-free hobby.
  • Take mini-vacations instead of long trips.

No matter what, you can find ways to save instead of spend. Create some margin in your finances. Live in the wisdom of God: owe no man anything
but to love him. (Rom. 13:8)

Learning to live a simple life is actually simple, uncomplicated. It merely requires a simple change in your thinking. Just ask yourself, “What matters most?” Begin now to simplify your surroundings, your schedule, your commitments, your activities and your money habits. You will soon reap the pleasures and freedom that a simpler life provides.

What are you waiting for?

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