Finding what we want

"To find satisfaction, composure, and results – we don't need anything extra, fancy, or special. We don't need to do or add more; we need to do less. We just need to let go of some of our assumptions, particularly our thinking that our freedom and happiness lie someplace else, or during some other time, or with some other mind."

– Marc Lesser in his book, Less

September Discardia: Quality over Quantity

Make room in your life for awesomeness

In September, let Discardia be your reminder to aim for what’s ideal, in just the right amount. You’ve got a solid foundation. You know how to make decisions about your priorities and act on them. Now you can reap the benefits.

    Carve away the clutter and polish the valuables that start to shine through. You’re all warmed up, so it’s time to be a hardass about making life more excellent. Any junk that has survived this far into the year needs to justify its place in your life.

    When you want the whole to be better, inquire of the details “Is this necessary?”

Maintaining your book collection

Books are more available now than they have ever been at any time in history. Thanks to the internet, we now have access to the inventories of more new and used bookstores than any one person could browse in a lifetime and to the collections of individuals that they are willing to share or trade. Beyond that we have more books, both new and old, available in electronic form. Plus we can easily search the collections of libraries around the world, many of which will allow us through our own local libraries to borrow material using inter-library loan.

You can get pretty much any book you want.

Given that, what guidelines do you have for why you should keep a book in your house?

Here are mine:

  • I'm going to read or re-read it within four years.
  • I consult it at least once a year.
  • I periodically re-read or consult it and it has annotations in it which remain useful to me.
  • It is an object of beauty and/or sentiment which brings me frequent joy.
  • I wrote it. (Don't have any of these yet besides the bound copy of my senior thesis, but I'm workin' on it!)

Decide your guidelines and then look to see what you have that doesn't meet any of them. Donate those replaceable (or never needed again) books to the library or charity. Give the stuff you love more room and give yourself less unnessary weight of stuff in your life.