Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Minimalist Start to Search for Meaning

One way to begin constructing a meaningful life for yourself might be to imagine what it would be like to live without possessions and without an income. And you don't have to go to some exotic place in a distant continent if you want to try this out. In fact, a German lady, Frau Hildemarie Schwermer, has been living her life this way since 1996. Perhaps not the kind of person you would expect to be doing this, she is a former teacher and psychotherapist, and a grandmother.

After you think about whether you will really need a house, a spouse, a car, a mountain bike, a cottage, fame, a place in history, security ... or just some of these, you can think about which ones and why.

Here is a video about Frau Schwermer. (I would have embedded the video here but that would have made the subtitles difficult to read.) Here is an article about her too.

My thanks to Chris Shaver for making me aware of her.


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