Heresy - Part 2

This is a follow up to my first post "Heresy!!" from a few days ago.

So, if we're trying on that heresy is actually choosing, then a large part of my life philosophy and those that I read and therein inform my beliefs and values means ... that I ... am ... a heretic.

Here's what I'm talking about.

There are an enormous number of influences on my life, some of which are listed here.  The belief in question here is that life is all about the choices that we make ... and often we do not even realize that we have the power of choice.

Recently I've turned to reading a number of blogs and ebooks by a cadre of individuals who, according to our trying on of heresy as choosing, are quite heretical (Don't even know if that's actually a word) in their lifestyles and ways of being simply because they have chosen otherwise.

Some examples:

There is Everett Bogue of Far Beyond the Stars who blogs about minimalism and building your own minimalist business that can ultimately sustain the lifestyle that you choose.

Then there is Karol Gajda of Ridiculously Extraordinary - how can you not fall in love with a title like that?!  He writes about how he has made the transition in his life to living wherever he wants and, well, living a ridiculously extraordinary life.  More importantly (and interesting) is that he has made the commitment to help 100 other people find and live their ridiculously extraordinary life.

On the spiritual(ish) side I've got Leo Babauta at zenhabits who writes about simplicity, minimalism, and doing what you love.

One of the most moving is Jonathan Mead at Illuminated Mind.  The subscript for his site is "Don't Read This Website if You Want Ordinary, only if you want to live on your own terms."  He is a remarkable author and writes powerfully about creating a life that you love.

A final one - Location 180 by Sean Ogle.  Sean writes about the location independent lifestyle, speaking from personal experience.

These guys are living their lives - they are creating their lives - they are choosing their lives - and they are doing it online for all to see and benefit from.

But - and this is a big but - none of these guys is saying "This is the right way to do your life" or "I've got the only way to success!"  They each acknowledge that the life that they are creating is but one way, their way.  What they do have in common is this: Spend less time listening to others and more time listening to yourself.

And start choosing.

Wonder what Henry VIII would think?


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