National Simplicity Day tips from 19th century’s Thoreau
SIOUX CITY | Today is the unofficial National Simplicity Day, since July 12 is the birthday of Henry David Thoreau.
Born in 1817, Thoreau became a renowned author, naturalist and philosopher, promoting simple living as America in the 19th century became more industrialized. He moved to a cabin near a pond for two years.
In his book “Walden” (1854) and other writings, Thoreau described ways people could tap into themselves and be happier through a lifestyle that was less hectic. Here are some key tips Thoreau wrote about:
-- “I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest man thinks he must attend to in a day... So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real.”
-- “The rule is to carry as little as possible.”
-- “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
-- “Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
-- “It is well to find your employment and amusement in simple and homely things. These wear best and yield most.”
-- “Men have become tools of their tools.”