Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Less is More?

25 Things I’d Never Trade for Money

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” – Thomas Jefferson

  1. A good friend.
  2. A committed spouse.
  3. A respectful child.
  4. A loving hug.
  5. A friendly neighbor.
  6. Health.
  7. Laughter.
  8. Integrity.
  9. A peaceful soul.
  10. Self-confidence.
  11. Contentment.
  12. Significance.
  13. Humility.
  14. Freedom.
  15. Reputation.
  16. Faith.
  17. Influence.
  18. Self-discipline.
  19. A clear conscience.
  20. Overcoming a fear.
  21. Conviction of purpose.
  22. Opportunity to change.
  23. Life-changing art.
  24. A fulfilling career.
  25. No regret.

Courtesy of Omar at chotoye.com via becomingminimalist.com 


  1. One assumes that Omar doesn't work, own a house, or have children then.

    Working to support mortgage debt/rent obligations and/or to support children has a high likelihood of compromising 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19 and 22.

    In each case, the demands of the modern working environment can compromise the items I've listed. To set such an arbitrary list of life goals is only to reduce the scope for finding a happy niche in life. Which is, I thought, one of the fundamental tenets of a minimalist way of life.

    It's all very well to have goals, but they have to be realistically attainable when measuring your life realistically.

  2. Thank you for the comment Giles.

    The list is actually not Omar's but something he reblogged from the site quoted above.

    You are 100% right in your statement; life isn't as idealistic as those 25 items make it out to be. However, I think that was the purpose of the list to begin with. That had we been capable of achieving and not compromising these items, they would indeed be irreplaceable to us.