The Minimalism Game

At the end of August, a friend challenged me to play the Minimalism Game for a month. I clicked on the link and discovered that for each day of the month, I would need to get rid of that number of things: one on Sept 1, two on Sept 2 and so on. My knee-jerk response was, “I can’t possibly do...

Called to Joy

Joy, like love, is often a decision, an act of the will, rather than a spontaneous emotion. St. Francis knew this when he told his companion, Brother Leo, that perfect joy would be not reacting to violent rejection by the gatekeeper at his own friary. Pope Francis knew this when he wrote his apostolic...

Finding Clarity

I’ve read all the books and articles about organization and decluttering but I always find excuses for not doing it. Even when my spare room upstairs looked like it could audition for an episode of Hoarders, it was either too hot, too cold, I didn’t have enough time, or I was too tired. I would...

Bathtub Reading

My bathroom is tucked under the coombed ceiling of my top floor, so instead of taking a quick shower in the morning, I allow time for a leisurely bath. And I always have one or more books designated at “tub reading.” These titles tend to be thoughtful, reflective kinds of books, something to...

Nothing to Lose

Most of us hold on tightly to nearly everything, from our car keys to our children and our professional reputations to our lives. Even when we think we’ve let go of material possessions, we still hold on to less tangible things. And we don’t realize how much this closes us off from others. Once...

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