Author Archives: Brandon Simpson

About Brandon Simpson

Teacher & Curioso

Two Kinds of Belief

I think we can divide personal beliefs into two categories: confessional and functional.  A confessional belief is a belief that a person claims to have.  Everyone claims to believe in something.  It might be the work of a charity, spreading … Continue reading

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What is valuable?

Sometimes it’s tough to assign value to things, sometimes it’s blindingly easy.  The trouble is when someone else assigns value to things for you.  At the heart of minimalism is a shift in values.  As a minimalist, I reject the … Continue reading

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The Key

Now that you have your map essentially complete, you need a key.  I define your key as the nonnegotiable terms that will define the journey for a lifetime.  I recommend that you keep this list to a minimum, as too … Continue reading

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Consumer-mas is coming

Soon it will be the time of year when ad copy trumps family tradition and worry about what gifts to buy drowns out the joy of giving those gifts.  Since Christmas is only 3 months away, I decided to write my … Continue reading

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One at a time

In a world that moves in fast forward, multi-tasking is required if you want to get anything done.  Or is it?  Do you find yourself so scattered that you can’t keep your schedule straight?  Things overlap so much that it gets … Continue reading

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Find a guide

Find a guide Even with a good map, sometimes it is still difficult to find your way.  When you write your bucket list and adjust your course with your moral compass, sometimes you still can use some help getting to … Continue reading

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First World Problems

Your story brings to mind a letter from C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves. In that 1917 letter, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Nobody who gets enough food and clothing in a world where most are hungry and cold has any business to … Continue reading

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