Stand up for what you believe in

The text below turned up in my Facebook-stream. It’s a strong message and well written.

The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take the measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves, or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe? From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn. Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.
Sophie Scholl “White Rose”

WordPress and Twitter

I will delete most of my posts about WordPress and Twitter for the simple reason that they have become outdated.

All my six sites run on WordPress, it’s an excellent toll whether you focus on blogging or on pages.

I left Twitter a while back, I had stopped interacting with people there so no reason to keep my profile.

Minimalism

Minimalism is about more than getting rid of stuff. It’s a mindset, a way of life. These two qoutes say it well.

At its core, being a minimalist means investing your time in the important things in life.

The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. — Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

The next quote comes from 7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World

Time and money are two of the most valuable resources people have. When life gets simpler, the amount of these two things that a person has available will rise. That is the benefit of a simpler life in today’s world.

Designing a simple life

Despite the how in the title, How to Design a Simple Life is as much about why. There’s good advice in that post (the quote below is just a small part of it).

Designing a simple life doesn’t just mean throwing out all the things. It’s not about a life of most, it’s not about a life of least, it’s about the life that’s right for you.

You don’t have to get rid of things just for the sake of getting rid of them. You remove what you don’t need (in your home, in your thoughts, in your schedule) to make room for the life you want to live.

Designing a simple life means having fewer distractions in your life, so you can focus on what matters. It’s about saying no to everything that gets in the way, but saying yes to what’s right for you.

It means having more of some things: more time, more energy, more space, more flex in your budget, more peace of mind. It means having less of others: less distractions, less frustration, less clutter, less drain on your resources.

Sites about minimalism

Two interesting sites about minimalism are No Sidebar – Design a simple life by Brian Gardiner (has a free weekly newsletter) and Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker.

Gordon’s pizza?

This future is near…
– Hello! Gordon’s pizza?
– No sir it’s Google’s pizza.
– So it’s a wrong number?
– No sir, Google bought it.
– OK. Take my order please ..
– Well sir, you want the usual?
– The usual? You know me?
– According to our caller ID, in the last 12 times, you ordered pizza with cheeses, sausage, thick crust
– OK! This is it
– May I suggest to you this time ricotta, arugula with dry tomato?
– No, I hate vegetables
– But your cholesterol is not good
– How do you know?
– Through the subscribers guide. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years
– Okay, but I do not want this pizza, I already take medicine
– You have not taken the medicine regularly, 4 months ago, you only purchased a box with 30 tablets at Drugsale Network
– I bought more from another drugstore
– It’s not showing on your credit card
– I paid in cash
– But you did not withdraw that much cash according to your bank statement
– I have other source of cash
– This is not showing as per your last Tax form unless you got it from undeclared income source
-WHAT THE HELL? Enough! I’m sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp. I’m going to an island without internet,where there is no cell phone line and no one to spy on me!
– I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport as it has expired 5 weeks ago.

Draw!

For a long time I’ve said that someday I’d like to learn how to draw. Yesterday I noticed a course at Udemy and I decided that it’s time to turn “someday” into reality. “The Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced” was for sale, 10 € instead of 150 €, which made the decision a lot easier. My goal is to have fun, to be creative and to make better looking doodles.

The course is at The Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced.

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