You may have heard that I am working on a book project (you can read more about it here and we will let you know when it is available) that will be released in 2013. In short, I am writing about numerous projects that our community has initiated out of our excess. We are challenging everyone to pursue a personal experiment to re-evaluate what is enough in all of life. Part of the book may include some breathing moments where I hope to entertain, relate and instigate the reader to keep going. I experienced a similar form when I read a book called This Is A Book by Demetri Martin. I have learned from designing numerous other experiences that when we are talking about a serious issue, it often helps to lighten the tone at times and keep the audience involved throughout the topic.
So, this is where you come in. I know that the debate between more and less crosses many of our stories and we each have our unique life experiences that we can share related to the topic. Below are a few truths that I have lived and will give you a direction to think. I would like to invite you to add your statements to the list in the comments and they may appear in the book. If you have learned anything about living with enough, the debate between more or less, and any other related statements, share them liberally. Thanks for considering adding your voice to our community.
TRUTHS ON MORE & LESS
1. Why is it that every time I buy a technological device to simplify my life, I buy accessories that always complicate my backpack?
2. When I organize my closets I intend to live with less, but I am just creating a way to fit in more.
3. Google is awesome. Its a simple looking entryway into the most complicated information on the planet. They gave access to more through less design.
4. When I get what I want…I want something else.
5. It seems people with much less than me, have much more happiness.
6. I love to use the phrase cutting back, but I rarely cut anything.
7. I always feel good about myself when I purchase something that will make my life simple, but it never seems to make my life simple.
8. Less is attractive, but more seems to always win.
9. I don’t like others to think that I have more than them, so I try to make myself look like I live with less.
10. I want to make more so I can give more, but really I just get more.
11. I bought a new house with more space, but really I just went more into debt.
12. Closet shelving systems are great way to organize all the stuff I don’t use.
13. The more cupboards I have in the kitchen, the more I need.
14. There is never enough ink in the printer.
15. I always think something is going to cost less than it will actually cost.