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l’art de la simplicité, except for the bit about the colour

July 6, 2017 , , , ,

Minimalism. It’s everywhere. It’s the new “hygge” by a season. 

But the axiom of it is something I really resonate with; choosing something for your life because it will loved, used up completely, and adds value and, dare I say it, “sparks joy”. 

I read the book, L’art de la Simplicity, on the plane trip from Brisbane to Melbourne this week, and found it a relaxing read. I could physically feel my muscles relaxing with each sentence, and with each observation. How to simplify and create more clarity, something that I will always aspire to. The words were melodious, the ideas made sense and came to life for me. 

Until I read this sentence, which made me laugh out loud:

“Explaining his passion for black, the great Japanese couturier Yohji Yamamoto points out that bright colours are disturbing to other people; they are disruptive and serve no purpose”.

Oh, I get the point being made perfectly…and I really appreciate it! That minimalism is learning to glow from within, that your very being is light enough that you needn’t artificially sweeten it with additional colour. Or in my case, a shitload of non purpose-serving and disturbing hues. 

But, just as I am an intensely colourful, emotive and playful introvert, here I’ll be another oxymoron. I am the minimalistic person who carefully chooses her acquisitions and loves all that she owns, they are a true reflection of all that I am. 

I just choose to do it in full colour. Disturbingly so!

Some beautiful quotes from the book:

Write to Assert Your Personality

“So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty. Describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place.”

[Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet]

Travel, Live Life to the Full

“So long as people continue to travel to distant, secluded villages where they can find a small rooming which to spend the night; so long as they continue to enjoy public transport and street traders that change with the seasons, they will find comfort in small things.”

[Alexandra David-Néel, My Journey to Lhasa]

Highly recommend, I’m just going to keep going on my colourful, minimalistic way!

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