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The Usefulness of Uselessness (99 sec read)

Change Your Life in Seconds: Vol. 2, No. 9

Hey, I’m Sim, and this is my Change Your Life in Seconds newsletter. Every week, reflections that take seconds to read but will help you change perspective on life.

New Thought-Provoking Reflections

Making something useless is sometimes useful.

The usefulness of uselessness: routine robs you of beauty by hiding it behind monotony.

I made most of my living producing videos. But I learned to value text, images, and audio alone as calmer media— intimate, feeding one sense at a time.

A quiet medium reduces over-stimulation, helping you concentrate on one thing at a time.

Doing nothing appears frightening, but mindless entertainment is what's terrifying. Being able to actually do nothing, alone, is hard but rewarding.

Passive media may appear to be satisfying fillers but are, in fact, the real frightening void.

Artistic composition is picking what to add and what to remove, as well as the rhythm at which you do so. Most people starting out put too much focus on adding rather than removing.

Learn to balance negative and positive space with grace in your writings, music, code, love, and life.

Nothing is inherently wrong until you perceive it that way.

Like quantum superposition theorizes that a system exists in many states until an external observer makes it collapse onto a single one, there are no inherent good or bad qualities in things, actions, or people in your life—or in yourself—until you decide otherwise. But unlike certain quantum states, you can decide to re-calibrate how you feel about something or someone.

Not above nor below, but within.

Everything has both a plus and a minus side that you have limited control over, so you are what must strive towards an equidistant status within yourself.

You let got what you don’t need to appreciate more what is left.

Perspective. What goes leaves deeper space for what stays.

Pragmatic minimalism is not about living in a tiny house with no possessions, but about learning about what you need, what you don’t, and knowing the difference.

When you understand that letting go is not deprivation, you begin to see it as a tool to determine what is essential and worth of your time.

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