Time is one of the most precious commodities in our lives, if not the most precious of all, and it is one of the few things that we can never get back. Today’s lifestyles, however, are so filled with responsibilities and with clutter that we are just left chasing our tails as valuable seconds, minutes and hours slip by. Both at home and at work we try to fit more and more into our already full lives, not just in terms of activities, but also in terms of possessions.
Some of the happiest and most contented people in the world today are those whose lives are simple. They work hard during the day, but their evenings are reserved for the simple pleasures instead of being packed with yet more tasks and responsibilities.
One of the reasons that people in other cultures are able to achieve a healthier work/life balance comes down to possessions or, rather, the lack of them. The more we own, the more we have to take care of and the more there is to go wrong. Why not de-clutter your home and get rid of all those things that you rarely use but that take precious time to clean and maintain and juggle around to make more space? A little less “stuff” is a small price to pay when compared to enjoying quality time with our families and friends and taking a few moments to watch a beautiful sunset.