Going Deep With “Inside-Out Simplicity”
“Simplicity is clarity, purpose, and intentionality. It is marked by the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life lived in unity. And once you find it, you will never go back.” ~ Joshua Becker
Long-time readers of The New Pursuit know that I have been up and down when it comes to talking about and promoting certain ‘products’ out there. For me, it’s about finding balance between supporting others, remaining true to what I feel inside and achieving some personal/professional career-change goals. It’s a complicated thing.
Joshua Becker is the real deal though. And his new e-book, Inside-Out Simplicity proves it once again.
It’s taken me some time to get through the 108 pages and digest everything. I’ve read and re-read certain sections, taking in the message and exploring my feelings and reactions.
It hits home on many fronts.
Why? I identify with Joshua as a husband and father of young children dealing with the ups, downs, ins and outs of these roles and responsibilities; as an individual working to de-clutter my life and live deliberately each day; as a seeker of deep connection with the world.
Inside-Out Simplicity is NOT an endless list of external to-dos. Rather, Inside-Out Simplicity goes deeper: Exploring and uncovering what it takes to transform our very being—the essence of who we are on the inside—in order to manifest this simplicity in all our relationships and life’s happenings. If his first book, Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone De-clutter Their Home and Life*, was Joshua swinging away at the proverbial pitches of the modern consumerist culture, Inside-Out Simplicity is him hitting the baseball out of the park – deep center field style.
Joshua explores topics that are universal to the human experience, no matter where you are in your journey: relationships, virtues, integrity, service to others, sexuality, spirituality and faith. These are a few passages that hit home for me:
REGARDING SERVING OTHERS
“Many people view life as a pyramid with those on the bottom serving those above them. They envy those at the top believing that joy is obtained by being served. And thus, they strive. They passionately seek the top… Life is actually more fulfilling down below… Real joy is found not in being served, but in choosing to serve.”
REGARDING THE ESSENTIALS OF A HEALTHY MARRIAGE
“Relationships don’t work without time investment. Never have, never will. Any successful relationship requires intentional, quality time together. And quality time rarely happens when quantity time is absent. The relationship with your spouse should be the most intimate and deep relationship you have.”
REGARDING KEEPING YOUR SPEECH PLAIN AND SIMPLE
“[Words] impact our lives nearly every day. Words can simplify or complicate our lives. They can bring us freedom in our relationships or bind us to them. They can make laying our head on the pillow at night a peaceful experience or a stressful one. Simply put, our words determine the direction of our lives.”
“Simplicity in life cannot be achieved without honesty. Honesty can live without simplicity, but simplicity cannot live without honesty. Consider the fact that every time we are not truthful, we create an alternate reality.”
Joshua’s prose and voice are simple and straightforward; supportive and encouraging, not preachy and judgmental. (There’s a lesson in there for all writers…) Maybe that’s why his blog, Becoming Minimalist, has over 5,000 subscribers and 50,000 visitors each month.
But you know what? He still takes time to answer a simple email from a guy like me. That says something about his character and is one of the reasons why I respect him and his work – so much so to write a post to promote it.
With that, I invite you to learn more about Inside-Out Simplicity and consider purchasing a copy.* You can even preview the first 16 pages for free.
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