Dumb question? Sure, it sound like. Who doesn’t want to break free? But if you’ve noticed we are all in some way or the other chained to prisons of our own making. I call them ‘chains of consequences.’ Because we’re responsible for it whether we like it or not.
Yes, there’s an antidote and like anything it comes at a price. The price of convenience and instant gratification. You ready? Enter Marcus Aurelius:
If you seek tranquillity, do less. Or (more accurately) do what’s essential – what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better.
Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you‘ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’
Please note that doing less isn’t the same as slacking off or to procastinate. The idea is to simplify life by being hyper selective about your endeavours. It’s about being purposeful without getting all too carried away with it.
I can confidently say I have a lot on my plate but I also strive to tweak, adjust and revaluate from time to time. And that helps me tone it down for my own sake. That said, I’m far from being perfect but that wasn’t ever the goal anyway.
The best part is that you can boldly say ‘no’ to people, opportunities and distractions without the fear of missing out.
Simple. Not easy. But I guess you already knew that.