This thread has come about due to our research into Beehives heritage. The industrious community that innovated on all areas of business and yet for the sheer scale and impact of the business
it was a surprisingly simple model. We will be going into more detail as we share our ‘Reason for Being’ with you over the coming months but for now.. Read More …It seems to be quite a journey to create your lifestyle to be inclusive of simplicity. It’s a continual process and we’ve been finding inspiration in the people and philosophies that put an emphasis on making life more meaningful.
As a society, we mistake want for need, money for happiness, appearance for worth and careers for success. We quickly become distracted by the rat-race, lost to the demands of jobs and buried under the pressures of seemingly relentless financial responsibilities and consumer wants. We allow ourselves to be shackled to the notion that maximising our lives means it’s better – bigger, faster, stronger, leaner – but to live life LARGE, we embrace minimising it. Throughout Beehives heritage it was flanked by industrial peers such as George Stephenson amongst others who coincidently all shared the #commonthread of being Quakers.
“Try to live simply. A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. Do not be persuaded into buying what you do not need or cannot afford. Do you keep yourself informed about the effects your style of living is having on the global economy and environment?
We do not own the world and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of the world’s continuing creation.
Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world.”
George Fox, 1656, one of the founders of the Quakers
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Less noise, more listening
Less consumption, more sustaining
Less impulse, more intention
Less want, more fulfilment
Less demands, more reprieve
Less stress, more purpose
The basic premise : Choose carefully what you bring into your life and make decisions that impact your happiness on a longer scale; think of time. Cherish it.Value the clock in the consideration of your purchases, value the consideration of how much money it will take to sustain it.
Back to the basics.
De-clutter, reorganise, re-evaluate. Learn what drains you and what fulfils you. Sleep away from digital devices. Mute them and enjoy the silence. Be with your mind. Know yourself from the inside out before defining it on the outside for those looking in. Turn off your notifications and all the bleeps, beeps, bells and whistles.
“There is but little need to spend time with foolish diversions for time flies away so swiftly by itself; and, when once gone, is never to be recalled.”
William Penn, 1644-1718
Phenomenal advise and high standards back in the day !