As practitioners of life cultivation, we only aim to live a healthy and happy life, a life without illness and medication until we die at age one hundred.
However, most of the time we follow the crowd. We work hard in this world. We work hard so that we can live a better life. We work hard so that we can send our children to the best schools. We work hard so that we gain power and fame. Slowly, we want more and more out of our life, and we become lost in the end.
However, do we have to work so hard that we forget what life means to us?
06 Relationship Minimalism
Streamline your circle of friends and stay away from people who always have friction with you. Learn to enjoy being alone and settle down to purify yourself.
“When a person reaches a certain age, you must throw away four things: Meaningless drinking parties, people who don’t love you, relatives who look down on you, and fake friends.”
As practitioners of life cultivation, we gradually understand this wisdom when we reach middle age. We do not need too many friends, for just one or two close friends is enough.
A friend used to be keen on circles of friends. There are endless dinner parties every day. However, in the end, she found that many people had no contact after the party.
The so-called I know a lot of famous people and have a lot of connections is just a false illusion. Rather than wasting time on this, it is far better to stay home and read a book all by herself. Or, enjoy a professional massage and do meditation at the same time.
In this way, our friend quit the dinner party circus. She starts focusing on running her own little intimate circle.
Now she usually spends most of her time alone, and occasionally gets together with one or two close friends. With this kind of life, the pace is slower, but the quality of communication is higher.
Socialization is salt, less is too bland, more is overly salty.
Having one or two confidants, getting together occasionally and talking about secrets is the best way to socialize.
07 Expression Minimalism
Do not talk about people and things you do not know. Try to be as straightforward as possible to improve communication efficiency.
The toads barked loudly, but they did not do much except to be annoying. On the other hand, a rooster sang once and the world lit up. Do not talk much, but be accurate.
Say the right words at the right time, do not be sloppy, do not beat around the bush. Keeping silent at inappropriate times is the only way to truly express minimalism.
Many people talk for a long time without any key points. After talking for a long time, things are not clearer and the relationship between characters is not straightened out. They are venting their emotions from the beginning to end. Such people can easily make people confused at work and in life.
Learn to express in a minimalistic way, then a person can be more efficient at work and communicate more effectively in life.
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