Goodbye, Things

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“Why do we own so many things when we don’t need them? What is their purpose? I think the answer is quite clear: We’re desperate to convey our own worth, our own value to others. We use objects to tell people just how valuable we are.”

“Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.”

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“When you have few possessions, there are fewer things that need to be done each day. You can take care of each task as it arises, so you don’t end up with a long list of things to do.”

“A minimalist is a person who knows what is truly essential.”

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“Seriously, minimalists have no possessions that they are scared to lose. That gives them the optimism and courage to take risks.”

“When you think about it, it’s experience that builds our unique characteristics, not material objects.”

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“Things don’t just sit there. They send us silent messages. And the more the item has been neglected, the stronger its message will be.”

“It isn’t healthy to spend any more time with an item that signals “failure” to you. Instead, let’s try to recognize and learn from our mistakes as soon as we can, so we can make a smarter choice the next time around.”

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“For a minimalist, the objective isn’t to reduce, it’s to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the things that are truly important.”

“Psychologist Tim Kasser stresses that the enrichment of time will lead directly to happiness, while the enrichment of material objects will not.”

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“Although it may seem like you’re losing your individuality when you part with your belongings, the reality seems to be the other way around.”

“Trust me, there is actually more to gain than there is to lose. Rather than thinking about the loss of everything you discard, direct your attention to the things that you’ll be gaining.”

All quotes by Fumio Sasaki. His book “Goodbye, Things” is excellent! I highly recommend it. I’m curious to read his second book, titled “Hello, Habits”

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2 responses to “Goodbye, Things

  1. Bianca

    “Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.”

    God, yes.

    Never have I been more unencumbered than when I began to give and / or sell my possessions. Possession — a loaded word. Thank you for posting this, Aimee.

    By the way, the living space featured is gorgeous. Looking at the images alone is soothing.

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