If you read yesterday’s post, you would have seen that I am minimizing what I am using on my iPhone X for the next week. Link to the post is here.
Because of getting a Fitbit Versa from my wife, I looked to see if there were any minimalistic phones that were compatible with the device. It looks like I am stuck in the smartphone world until I no longer need the help to physically get better. Plus, there was an article I found somewhere on the internet that stated that Fitbit is slowly changing to utilizing smartphones in their technology and phasing out some of the older technology.
Everybody needs a buck.
This is another gem from Fumio Sasaki’s book. I wondered if I could start from scratch, starting with my phone. I have an iPhone X with 256 GB of space.
Now, let’s be honest. I did not delete things off my phone. There was a lot of items that I do use, whether it be daily or occasionally, but I do use those apps. Instead of deleting the apps off my phone, I merely moved a lot from one screen to the next. I did this because I tried an app called Moment from the App Store, and it was shit. I couldn’t get it to track properly, it was too busy, and it just would not suit my needs.
Green Lanterns have to show an enormous amount of willpower to use their power rings and fight evil.
I have a Green Lantern ring.
I have very little willpower.
I am NOT a Green Lantern.
Sasaki believes that if you are keeping something only for the sake of appearance, to fit in with the Jones’s, or to merely feel adequate in an inadequate world, discard it. I did this exact thing last night.
I used to own an Apple Watch, merely for the compatibility with my phone, and for the sake of appearances. Most people I knew had either an Apple Watch and an iPhone whatever, or they had an Android phone and a Garmin watch/activity tracker. I gave it to my daughter, who I feel is old enough for a watch such as that, and could probably get more use out of it.
Here I have compiled a list of some of the things I have said on Facebook lately, for those of you who don’t follow me on social media outlets (which may be for the best!), but I thought I would share some nuggets of “old farts” with you.
Wow. That is a hard one.
I have a hard enough time of doing that with my mental illness that doing that to get closer to a minimalistic lifestyle makes it ten times worse.
I’m not saying it isn’t impossible, but lately, I’ve been struggling, and trying to better myself at the same time is even more straining on the mind than I anticipated.
The above is a quote from Bjork’s song “It’s All So Quiet.” It’s like a big Broadway number, which is one of the few times that she does a song like that. I think the other time she did anything like that was for the album “Gling Glo”.
I apologize to Bjork if I screwed up the name of the album. Not that she reads my blog, but if she did, I sincerely apologize.
I refer back to Fumio Sasaki’s book and his “55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things.” Yesterday, I looked at my phone and asked the question “Why can’t you part with your things?” and “If you lose it, will you buy it again?”, or in this case, “download it again.”
I went through my phone and started to delete applications that I downloaded and touched once. Then, I went back through and decided that there were a few more that could be removed from the system.
In looking at writing today, I went through the “55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things” from Fumio Sasaki’s book “Goodbye, Things” that I continually discuss and use as my personal workbook for minimizing the clutter in my life.
Two of the things that he mentions were sticking out to me today. The first is, “Ask yourself why you can’t part with your things.” and the second is, “If you lost it, would you buy it again?”
I have reflected on my past year online, only to realize that I am still searching for the cure to my mental illness.
BTW, there is no cure.