• Kevin Jones

    One thing that has really helped me is remembering I don’t have to have an excuse to tell others no. If I am trying to do less in order to do more, as put in your article, I catch myself feeling the need to give excused of why I am saying no. Even if it’s saying no to myself instead of to someone else, I catch myself in self talk justifying why I am not seeking more. Free yourself from the expectation, free yourself from the expectation of others, free yourself from feeling the responsibility to justify saying no. You owe it to yourself to say no for no other reason than you want to say no.
    Great post Mark, I couldn’t agree more. My passion and my purpose is God and Family. I could be the worst hunter/outdoorsman in the world but if I am a good man, husband, and father, then I feel complete.

    • Mark Huelsing

      Great point, Kevin. I tend to be a people-please and can have a hard time saying no without a “justifiable” reason. It really helped me when I came to the realization that saying yes to one thing means saying no (even if indirectly) to other things. Love your passion and priorities, man. I’m right there with you.

  • Steve

    Great post Mark! Have you seen “The Minimalist?” Its one of the few things worth your time watching on Netflix. Powerful film that captures the beauty of a simple, de-cluttered life.

    • Mark Huelsing

      I haven’t seen the documentary, Steve, but their blog has been on my radar for a couple of years and I have read it occasionally. I also enjoy Joshua Becker’s work at BecomingMinimalist.com

  • dialedinhunter

    So well said bud. I think a lot of what you are saying, as it pertains to most individuals, is because of media. I believe this to be true especially with younger folks. In regards to hunting, they see all of these big names being successful with a certain high end bow. As is marketing, this makes them want that bow, believing that just because they possess it, they will be successful. We see people with tons of money with big smiles on their faces enjoying their lavish lives. Same principle applies here. Another thing I think is going on here is that as humans, wanting to progress is natural. Like you said though, that doesn’t necessarily mean we need to do more, we just need to be more efficient. I think you are spot on in saying, in a nutshell, we are in the driver’s seat of our own lives and we make what we make out of them. Great post.

  • Lots of good points! I personally think; we all need or should take a “Minimalist Approach” to our daily lives. With so many things competing for our time, we often forget to give attention to the more important things in life. Such as, Watching the Sun Rise over a duck pond or enjoying the sight of tranquil lake waters so still they look liked polished glass from our favorite fishing spot. Getting back to a simpler De-cluttered lifestyle is in-order for us all.