Symbiosis | Sharing | Harmony

To Reduce Stress In Our Lives, Simply Stop Driving.

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

My Chinese friends, laboring under the illusion that I make a lot of money, have asked why I am not buying property in Shanghai. A large number have acquired property as a result of the large-scale demolition of old houses; part of the ongoing transformation of urban villages. Farmlands cultivated by the villagers are purchased by developers and turned into urban land by the government who compensates those whose homes are torn down. My Chinese friends are puzzled that I have no wish to own private property in Shanghai.

I laugh and ask, “But why would I want to create my own stress?”


Declutter Your Surroundings And Simplify Your Life

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

Since learning about the slow movement, I have simplified my life.

Last year, I cleared out the junk in the office.

Then, I reduced the information clutter. This meant setting boundaries, like imposing a media fast.

This year, I turned my attention to the living space. My villa on the island.



Work, The Best Remedy For Aging

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

“Satisfaction in life seems to come from living in tune with your beliefs, in tune with other humans and animals you encounter, and in tune with your environment. Scott and I worked together at this for over 50 years, with some measure of success.”

--- Helen Nearing, Co-author of “Living The Good Life” & “Continuing The Good Life”

"Work," said Scott Nearing, co-author of “Living The Good Life” and “Continuing The Good Life”, "helps prevent one from getting old. My work is my life. I cannot think of one without the other. The man who works and is never bored, is never old. A person is not old until regrets take the place of hopes and plans. Work and interest in worthwhile things are the best remedy for aging."


Why Decluttering Is Important

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

This was my life before. Literally and metaphorically speaking.

Before: My life a mess!
Before: Training Warehouse-cum-office from another angle
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