What does all of this ‘Simple Living’ stuff have to do with being a “super hero”, “extreme altruist” or whatever the current catch-phrase? Nothing. Everything.
Generally speaking, Americans’ lives are cluttered with distractions and centered on “wants”. Simplicity helps us gain a very fine understanding of what our “needs” really are. It is not so much about having fewer possessions; it is an approach to life and an attitude that guides our actions with clarity and purpose.
Simplicity is about separating “needs” from the “wants”, focusing on things that really matter and eliminating everything else. I can tell you from experience that this process involves a lot of letting go. When you live with simplicity in mind, you are less likely to get caught up in distractions and drama; it becomes easier to see the heart of a situation, conversation, or problem.
For me, living simply is a daily effort that touches every part of my life. My kitchen has very few gadgets, yet I cook quite a lot. It’s amazing how many gadgets can be replaced with a fork and a little muscle power. The gear I use is fairly simple, as well. I’ve got a sturdy pair of boots, a very bright flashlight, a cell phone, and a first aid kit. The basics are covered and I can focus on using my eyes-and-ears.
Choosing to live simply can take almost any form, yet the intent is often the same: a pursuit of finer understanding and sharper focus, better efficiency in all actions.