A friend recommended that I watch Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.
This asks the question, How might your life be better with less?
The documentary "examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less."
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are the Minimalists. They were successful, attractive, high achievers with all the mod-cons and in their late twenties who, by all accounts, had everything they needed to be happy. Yet they were not; they were dissatisfied and unhappy.
"In 2011, we left our corporate careers at age 30. After publishing our first book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, we went on an international book tour and eventually began contributing to people through our online writing classes and private mentoring sessions.
We’ve been fortunate enough to establish an audience of more than 20 million people, and we’ve been featured all over the media. We have spoken at Harvard Business School, Apple, and several large conferences (SXSW, TEDx, World Domination Summit), as well as many smaller venues, including churches, colleges, corporate groups, libraries, soup kitchens, and various nonprofit organizations.
Toward the end of 2012, we moved from our hometown, Dayton, Ohio, to a cabin near Philipsburg, Montana, as a four-month experiment, followed by a move to beautiful Missoula in 2013, where we cofounded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart.
In 2014, we published a new book, Everything That Remains, and embarked on a 100-city Everything That Remains Tour.
In 2015, we published our third book, Essential: Essays by The Minimalists, which presents a minimalist’s perspective on twelve different areas of life—from decluttering, gift-giving, and finances, to passion, health, and relationships. We also hit the road with five other authors and one musician for Asymmetrical Press’s first-ever WordTasting Tour.
In January 2016, we launched The Minimalists Podcast, where we discuss living a meaningful life with less and answer questions from our listeners."
The documentary is fascinating, and introduced me to some exercises that I think will be useful to me (and to anyone wishing to declutter).