The Simplicity Manifesto: A Constant Work In Progress
Recently, and over a protracted period of time, I have been working to simplify my existence.
This arose out of two separate addictions that I wanted to rid myself of.
1. The addiction to constantly acquiring and having to learn new technology, both hardware, and software. I announced that intention in this piece.
2. The Trump addiction, which is really quite widespread among those with actual functioning brain cells.
From kicking other addictions in my life like tobacco and weed, I have learned that for me at least, these are better done gradually as opposed to cold turkey.
In point of fact, I think that a lot of people struggle with their addictions because they choose the cold turkey method, and frankly it really is not for the faint of heart.
Since announcing my intentions to do this I have found #1 to be rather easy and a huge relief. I reverted to a flip phone, which I only use as a phone and my iPhone only as a camera, I use my iPad only to check the weather and to cruise down my Facebook page when I’m having a dump.
All of our TV stuff has been simplified and we are working towards ditching cable and becoming a streaming-only couple. That may take a while, because there is a bit of a learning curve there.
And the list goes on.
The second addiction has proven a bit harder since Trump is the gift that keeps on giving and by giving I mean trying to destroy his country through a potent mix of greed, ego, stupidity and mental illness.
Having said that, I am now at the point where I may just publish the odd meme, and participate in comments. which for me is 80% of the way to being free of him and the massive dark shadow he casts over his country, which is a country I happen to be quite fond of for many reasons.
Since this self-imposed simplicity movement, I have created a meme series in which I outline how I am actually going about creating this simplicity or at least reducing complexities in my life.
I have posted the first set of these below. Hope you enjoy them if you so inclined as to wade through them.
Jim Murray is a highly experienced advertising and marketing professional. He is a communication strategist, op/ed blogger, writer, art director and broadcast producer.
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