Every now and then I run across a gem of a book that inspires me, entertains me, and motivates me to get up and do something. ENUFF: Eliminate the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous by Kate Carpenter is one of those books.
The book starts out with a definition of a white elephant: “a burdendome possession which cannot be disposed of but the cost is out of proportion to its worth.” It then goes on to ask: “How do you carve an elephant? By starting with a large block of stone and chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.” And then asks the related question…”How do you create the life that you want?”
Answer: You get rid of everything that doesn’t contribute to the life that you want.
In other words, get rid of the clutter.
The thing is, I didn’t think I had that much clutter. I’ve been through multiple purgings on my house, and I thought I kept on top of it. Yet as I read this book, I looked around and saw how many things were there waiting for me. Waiting for me to read, to complete, to fix, to watch…you get the idea.
This book isn’t about just getting rid of stuff. It wanders charmingly all over the map with short little tidbits of information. There are snippets on conformity, dream boards, cooking devices, multi-tasking, energy vampires, ego, “enough”, bullying…the list goes on.
I really enjoyed this quick read. I would read a bit, and be inspired to go do something. And any book that actually inspires me to take action is one I would recommend that everyone read.
Book (Kindle Edition): ENUFF: Eliminate the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous
Author: Kate Carpenter
Publisher: BeanPot Press
Kate Carpenter provided me with a free copy of the book enable me to write this review.