“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels...”
“Brown paper packages tied up with strings...”
“Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings...”
“Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes...”
“Silver white winters that melt into springs...
“These are a few of my favorite things...”
People often ask me about my crazy life and why I wear Indian clothes or use a fountain pen or prefer to eat all my food with chopsticks rather than standard silverware. As I was designing the Learning to Live Well program, I knew that
de-cumulating and minimalism would need to be a part of what it means to live well. In the interest of understanding the core of minimalism, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite things and why they make up my crazy life. It seems important to underscore that a life of simplicity and living well is not about deprivation. It’s about having only those things that “spark joy,” as Japanese minimalist, Marie Kondo, says in her now famous book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the extreme minimalist Fumio Sasaki writes in his book, Goodbye Things. In my next few posts, I’ll talk about some of my favorite things and why they form the foundation of my minimalist life. This first video is about having only one pen -- a pen I love -- and how it is sheer joy to write with my one pen.