Regret is one of the most painful feelings any of us can experience. It hurts because regret is, more often than not, based on our own choices and not external events. We can't fix it in retrospect and it's hard to know what the catalyst will be. As Kurt Vonnegut put it, the saddest words anyone can say are 'It might have been.'
Writer, minimalist, speaker and bookworm
Rosie Leizrowice is a writer, speaker, traveller and professional bookworm. She writes essays about minimalism, productivity, creativity, books and other stuff which matters at www.rosieleizrowice.com
Most of what I know about productivity comes from times when I've been depressed and still have work I need to get done. Those times have taught me that productivity isn't really about motivation. It's about...
28/07/2017 14:27 BST
In my previous posts about reading, I have failed to address precisely why I value books so much. In this post, I want to address a question I have been asked many times since I started writing about this topic: <strong>why read at all?</strong>
19/05/2017 11:19 BST
I guess I might as well point out that early humans would no doubt have considered the possessions of even the most hardcore modern minimalists to be excessive.
02/05/2017 15:22 BST
26/04/2017 12:56 BST
Books were considered a weak cousin to thinking. Now we consider them to be the purest, the most intellectual way of learning- much better than those damned Kindles. Need I continue?
20/04/2017 10:55 BST
As Stephen King wrote, books are a uniquely portable sort of magic. This essay is an invitation to you to fall in love with what I consider to be humanity's greatest invention: the written word. Once the true wonder of it sinks into your bones, going a day without reading will become unfathomable.
20/04/2017 10:54 BST
When it comes to living a minimalist lifestyle, here are no rules or requirements. Everyone implements it in different ways.
07/04/2017 14:47 BST
<strong>Concepts are far more powerful than facts or instructions.</strong> Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I look for <a href="https://www.rosieleizrowice.com/blog/5-simple-concepts-which-changed-my-life" target="_hplink">flexible concepts </a>which can be applied to a range of areas- the broader the better. Here are 5 which have had the biggest impact over the last year.
28/03/2017 12:11 BST
It's easy to get sucked into reading about minimalism without ever taking the action. The value of this technique is that it can be begun anywhere, anytime. All you need to get started is paper, a pen, and an open mind.
16/03/2017 12:31 GMT
16/03/2017 12:30 GMT
There's a scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where Clementine snaps at Joel: 'what's in all those journals if your life is so empty?'
06/03/2017 13:08 GMT
For practical books, I try to set a plan for how I can implement it in my life. Charlie Munger also described the necessity of using what you read: 'I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.'
01/03/2017 12:12 GMT
I spend quite a bit of time in online minimalist communities and reading blogs on the topic. As a result, I have seen many people adopt and then give up on this lifestyle. Over time, I have identified a few main reasons why this tends to happen.
14/02/2017 17:24 GMT
Your excuses are excuses. Every time I talk about quitting social media everyone tells me why they want to but cannot. Most people don't take advice, no matter how good it is. Don't be like most people.
06/02/2017 13:11 GMT
Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.
30/01/2017 13:57 GMT
24/01/2017 11:58 GMT
Just as vulnerability is helpful in the right doses, so is failure.
20/01/2017 12:51 GMT
Art is an essential part of our lives. Every person has their own complex opinions on it. In my experience, learning to react to it in a mature, nuanced way can have a powerful impact on how you interact with the world. Dislike is an underrated, yet crucial part of developing a sophisticated perspective.
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