Chocolate math

Teacher: If you have 10 chocolate cakes and someone asks for 2, how many do you have left?
Student: 10
Teacher: Okay, well what if someone forcibly takes two of the cakes, how many would you have left then?
Student: 10 and a dead body

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I will delete most of my posts about WordPress and Twitter for the simple reason that they have become outdated.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