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Dec. 11, 2021

Are You Living a Life of Quiet Despration?

I realized I was living a life of quiet desperation and realized I wanted to change that...


Are you living a life of quiet desperation? 

I think the first time I ever heard that was reading Thoreau, Walden Pond. I'm pretty sure that was his quote, that people, most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. 

That one really hit me hard the first time I read it, because I realized I was living a life of quiet desperation and realized I wanted to change that.

One of the ways I changed that was by simplifying. 

I made my life less hectic. 

I made my life more about peace, calm, tranquility, as opposed to the rush rush rush. 

This is not for everyone. I stopped traveling because I found that I lived in one of the most beautiful spots in the world and I could travel within an hour of home and most of the time, it's way less than that. And go on a little mini vacations and give myself that peace and tranquility that way.

We started purging our home of things we didn't need. 

We subscribed to a minimalist newsletter and we don't believe everything they believe, but we do adhere to a lot of the tenants. We've got rid of a lot of stuff. Some of you have been the recipients of the stuff we got rid of because we love gifting our stuff to friends and family. If we can find people who really need particular items that we realize we don't need in our life. 

We have found the simpler we get, the less our life is a life of quiet desperation. 

As we've become to appreciate the simple, appreciate the simple things in life. We just find so much satisfaction and so much less pressure. 

I actually cut back the number of classes I teach. I do more online. But I only teach five live classes a week. At one point it was up to 25 and I was leading a life of quiet desperation, always worried about how to do something a little bit different every day and stressing... with that many classes some of the classes were very poorly attended and stressing over that.

I took my five best times, the five times that work well for me

I'm a morning person. 8:00 AM works great for me. So I took those times and I deliver classes that I feel are powerful and that help people to move and feel better. I simplified. 

At the same time we simplified our eating, oh my God, won't even get into that. We'll save that for a nutrition podcast. 

The more we simplified, the less our life was quietly desperate. All of a sudden we were finding time to do what we wanted to do and what we needed to do to be successful. By successful I mean, getting away from the life of quiet desperation, finding a life of ease.

We're always talking about ease. Well, that ease is not just in movement. That ease is in your life. Moving from quiet desperation to contentment and ease has been amazing. We've been working on this for years. 

I would like to encourage you to do the same thing. Can you simplify? Can you get out of that life of quiet desperation? Simplify your life. so you're not always running. 

I think you can. I think you should try it. 

Try simplifying a little bit. Get rid of a couple items. Get rid of a couple obligations. Try to make time for yourself. Start embracing the beauty around you. The beauty within 20 miles, I don't care where you live.

I'm not a big fan of Phoenix, but the four years I lived there, when I first met my wife and moved there to be with her... there's a lot of beauty there. I could find beauty. Now, back then I was living my life of quiet desperation, running, scratching, clawing 24/7 and proud of it. I didn't have the time. I did not take the time to appreciate that beauty around me, that, that natural art, that canvas, the God paints on every day. Never took the time to do that. It's really ashame because there was a lot of beauty there. 

My encouragement today is for you to think about your life. 

Are you living a life of quiet desperation? 

If you are, try simplifying, see what you can get out. Start slowly. Don't just empty your house out. Start slowly and get rid of some things.

Get rid of some pressures. Pay off as much debt as you can, as fast as you can. Get out of debt and then live that life of joy. 

Been talking about joy a lot late because joy and happiness come from a life of ease and a life of simplicity. 

Give it a. If you're living a life of quiet desperation, having been there most of my life, probably 60 years of my life, living that life of quiet desperation. I know you want to change it. I always did. I knew it was not right.

I made the changes and we get better every day. I hope the same for you. 

Move well, stay healthy, be happy. Find a passion in your life and live a life of ease.