Choosing Simplicityby Linda Breen Pierce, Vicki Robin
Pub. Date: 01/01/2000
Publisher: Gallagher Press
This ground breaking work goes beyond the books that tell you how to simplify your life. This book reveals what has happened in the lives of real people who have done it. Based on the author's three-year study of over 200 people from 40 states and eight countries, Choosing Simplicity is a delightful and rich blend of real-life profiles and guidelines on simplicity. Interwoven throughout the stories are the author's insights and guidance for those who want to explore simplicity and those who have already embarked on this journey. The book also includes a 16-page Resource Guide with reviews of 42 books on simplicity, information on related web sites, organizations, simplicity study circles, workshops, newsletters and magazines.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why Simplicity?
Chapter 2: My Story: True Confessions of a Yuppie Lawyer
Chapter 3: Turning Points: What Motivates Us to Start the Journey?
Chapter 4: A Parent's Choice: Savoring Life with Our Children
Chapter 5: Urban or Rural Simplicity: Choosing a Nurturing Milieu
Chapter 6: Work We Can Live With: A Balancing Act
Chapter 7: On the Road to Simplicity: Travelers in Transition
Chapter 8: Long Timers: People Who Have Always Lived Simply
Chapter 9: Starting Out Simply: Generation X Takes a U-Turn
Chapter 10: Having Enough: Living Simply with Financial Freedom
Chapter 11: Living Well on Very Little: Amazing Stories of Courageous People
Chapter 12: Community: Are We Our Brothers' Keepers?
Chapter 13: Environmental Champions: A Passionate Love for the Earth
Chapter 14: The Pierce Simplicity Study: Reflections and Inspiration
Appendix: Text of Simplicity Survey
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What is simplicity? The author realized her 'successful' life wasn't satisfying and decided to stop focusing on a big income and living large. Along the way, she also surveyed others who have tried similar lifestyle changes. Their stories and hers are blended throughout the book. Her goal is to help readers realize that simplicity is different for each person -- it depends on what resonates with your soul. It can be found anywhere and can vary from extreme simplicity of limiting possessions to what you can transport on a bicycle to small adjustments that make your lifestyle satisfying. She includes a strong resource section which lists books, seminars, newsletters and organizations that encourage simplicity. This is a great starting point for exploring simplicity and I have recommended it to several friends.
I loved reading these peoples' stories, stories of people who learned to get out of the rat race in order to create a life full of family, spirituality, hobbies, more meaningful work, etc. It's a shame the author didn't let the stories tell themselves. I started ignoring the sections she wrote giving her self-important interpretations. I would have liked to see some more practical information on how the people in these stories were able to cut back in order to have the lives they wanted too. There is a good glossary at the back with books and websites on simplicity.
If you're looking for peace and serenity read this book. Real people finding out that money isn't their god and that you CAN live comfortably leaving the rat race to the rats and living the life you REALLY need for self preservation in this world run amok by greed.