Is it necessary?
I love this article by Ryan Holiday. And I needed it too. I read Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I felt it took too long to say what it needed to say, but the lessons were good all the same. Ryan asks ‘is it necessary?’ and quotes Marcus Aurelius and Greg McKeown, and it actually sunk in.
The past few days have been hectic for me. I’ve been trying to catch up on a number of projects. I’ve been in the back seat, kind of letting them get ahead of me. It’s my own fault though. I said I would do these things, and now I have to; a common pattern in my life.
But now is the time to change. Now is the time to ask, is it necessary? Because you know what, a lot of it isn’t. A lot of it is getting in the way. And I think I’m going to stop it. Time to focus on the important. Time to remove the superfluous. Time to do the necessary. What’s important? What’s necessary? The answer is what you’re going to do.
Now all I need to do is remind myself of this day after day. When I’m about to make a decision over how to use my time, I have to remember, is it necessary? Is it necessary?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.
Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.
MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM
Subscribe to my weekly yamabushi newsletter
RECENT BLOG POSTS
YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS