When less is more

Over the next few days, in your work and life, strive for less instead of more. Notice the beauty of just one flower, or one shell on the beach, or one perfect photo. Appreciate whatever’s right in front of you instead of what’s coming.

And when the noise gets loud, remember to close out all the tabs in your internet browser to read only the one thing that’s meaningful to you in that moment. And may you find courage to turn your phone on silent.

And may these old words of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s ring timeless in your ears this week:

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky. One double-sunrise is an event; six are a succession, like a week of schooldays. …For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms. …A tree has significance if one sees it against the empty face of sky. A note in music gains significance from the silences on either side. A candle flowers in the space of night. Even small and casual things take on significance if they are washed in space.”

May we be brave and let go of the things that simply take up space.

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22 Comments

  1. Victoria

    Love it! This along with a verse I read in The Message yesterday give me just the inspiration I need to attack my clutter piles today.

    • Tsh

      Nice! Looking forward to seeing your hard work.

  2. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    “For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms.” How true. I’d never thought of it like that. But I suppose that’s why we mat and frame art.

  3. Tammy

    Great thoughts! Thank you.

  4. Debbie

    When I saw your photo and read the first few lines of your post…I immediately thought about AML’s “Gift From the Sea”…and then I saw…that’s where you were going! I love that quote! Such classic wisdom and at the same time relevant today.

  5. Joe

    Even more than this, my philosophy is that the shells are prettier on the beach than they would be in my home. Why not leave them there?

    • Tsh

      Hmm… good point.

  6. Amy

    LOVE! Simple is beautiful!

  7. Caroline Starr Rose

    I took GIFT FROM THE SEA as a beach read during a family vacation eleven years ago. What a gift is was to read in that setting!

    • Tsh

      Ooh, that sounds heavenly, Caroline.

  8. Anna Hettick

    Beautiful post. Love this.

  9. Sarah

    I love, love, love that quote. I own a professional organizing company called Less is More and the last four lines, in particular, really sum up my approach. I am now off to share this with everyone I know. Thank you!

  10. Nora

    As always, great inspiration! My phone was on silent, my computer, shut down for a bit and the piles are getting smaller 🙂

  11. Kathy

    What a great reminder! I have a large yard and have inherited from the previous owner a very sporadic messy garden. But yet, I have flowers popping up that remind me how beautiful they are even though the garden is so very messy. Often, I look at things as a whole, like my garden, and see a mess, but there is still some beauty to behold!

  12. Lisa

    Less is more is a constant battle for me, and I just recently realized how paralyzing it can make it not just for me, but also for my daughters with autism. I wrote about it today. Love the quote, love your image, and love this subject.

  13. Mandy

    Thanks for the great book recommendation…I just added it to my wish list on Amazon. I read a great book about 8 years ago and creating “space” in our lives. It was called “Breath” by Keri Wyatt Kent…great book! Thanks, again. 🙂

  14. Jen

    Beautiful. When I can create space in my life, my mind, my heart, I find my connection to all things, the beauty in everything. This is just the reminder that I need today. Thank you for the simplicity in words.

  15. Caroline starr rose

    I took The Gift of the Sea to the beach one year. It was in every way perfect

  16. Sally

    I love how this post makes the “Less is More” idea much more concrete. This lesson is important for me, but it’s also important for my kids, especially my son, who always wants one more (one more pet, one more hex bug, one more seed packet for the garden, one more plant, etc.). Thanks!

  17. Katie Bennett

    “May we be brave and let go of the things that simply take up space.” My heart affirms this so much. Thank you for the reminder. I truly believe less is more, but sometimes the living it out gets difficult with so many “shiny” things that would draw me it.

  18. Janet

    Love this Tsh. Thanks for your thoughts. Love that book of Anne’s, one of my favorites.

  19. Rachel

    Hello Tsh. First, I recently discovered your podcast… Love it. I love being around people but I don’t always enjoy having to converse with them. Your podcast is like listening in to friends with great, interesting conversations. 😀

    I’ve spent this last weekend decluttering our home. Seven bags to the consignment store, two bags and a box to donate, and five bags of trash. I got rid of anything broken, unused, unloved, or just in excess. My kids have less toys and clothes and are so happy with the way their room looks. We still have a ways to go. I need to tackle the attic and all the boxes that have been shoved up there, but our progress feels amazing. Thank you for this article. I just found it tonight and it was so encouraging to me. I’m pumped to start again tomorrow!!!

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