Minimalist Manifesto

On Friday, after a visit to the temple, I realized: my life is cluttered. I waste time. The things that are most important to me have been covered up in distractions. This is not okay. So, I’ve decided to re-evaluate my life, pare down, and re-focus.

My goal is simplicity. My priorities are: my relationship to God, my relationship to my family, and education (of all kinds).

I will not waste time. I will fill my time with meaningful, helpful, service oriented accomplishments. I will focus on people, especially the people who need my help. I will spend time outside and only choose to do activities that bring me closer to the kind of person I want to become.

In the words of one of my favorite poems:

“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.”
― Lowell C. Bennion


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