“Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition.
It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within,
as well as avoidance of exterior clutter,
of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life.

It means an ordering and guiding of our energy and our desires,
a partial restraint in some directions
in order to secure greater abundance of life in other directions.

It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.

Of course, as different people have different purposes in life,
what is relevant to the purpose of one person
might not be relevant to the purpose of another…

The degree of simplification is a matter for each individual to settle for himself.”

–Richard Gregg (written in 1936)


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)