Robyn Devine donated, gave away, or otherwise sold every book on her “two huge book cases” and now owns 20 books.
Elaborating how she let go of books, the kicker for me is in the following:
It started with the realization that I was not so much attached to the stories and words themselves, but the physical books sitting on the shelves. Once I had that realization, I began to let go of some of my books, and moved slowly towards a more minimalist reading collection.
I’m halfway through that process. I began stacking books in a box last month — books I haven’t read in over a year, books I’ll never read again, books that were important to me once but not now, books that were mass marketed and still published and available in libraries. I have about 100 books to go, including numerous graduate school texts on public administration that I rarely peruse.
The same is true of clothes and other materialistic possessions. We habitually hold onto things because of an intrinsic belief — but closer inspection proves our connection to the thing is extrinsic.
Holding onto a t-shirt because you like the design but you never wear it is not a reason to keep it. Creating a LinkedIn profile but never updating it is a good reason for deleting your account.
Perhaps it is time for you to downsize, downgrade, or otherwise let go and be happy.
Inspired by this video, 31-year-old couple Tammy Strobel and Logan Smith downsized their California home to a 400-square-foot studio and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
“The idea that you need to go bigger to be happy is false,” she says. “I really believe that the acquisition of material goods doesn’t bring about happiness.”
Next step for me is to make this blog uncopyrightable.