The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul
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“Reading this will lead you to a better life.”
—Dean Nelson, author of God Hides in Plain Sight
In The 100 Thing Challenge Dave Bruno relates how he remade his life and regained his soul by getting rid of almost everything. But The 100 Thing Challenge is more than just the story of how one man started a movement to unhook himself from consumerism by winnowing his life’s possessions down to 100 things in one year. It’s also an inspiring, invigorating guide to how we all can begin to live simpler, more meaningful lives.
found over the years that it is fairly easy to sign a petition . . . once. It is pretty simple to exercise . . . once. I can say I am sorry . . . once. But once a habit does not make. Once a meaningful lifestyle does not create. Numbers can be overwhelming, though. The world has roughly 143,000,000 orphans. There are more than 2,000,000,000 people living in poverty. There is $13,000,000,000,000 of U.S. government debt, according to usdebtclock.org. Those numbers are too big for me to handle.
simple issues. The 100 Thing Challenge wasn’t going to be a simple project. That catalog came in the mail, but the birthday presents came from my family. I had some worry that someone would play a trick and deluge me with gifts. It would have been a funny prank, but my wife and children aren’t tricksters. On the evening of my thirty-seventh birthday, they played along with my 100 Thing Challenge in considerate ways. Leanne bought me new windshield wipers for my car. Since I count my whole
another time to solicit my advice about their Earth Day episode. There seemed to be an element of truth in my friend’s reaction. I was liking the attention. But how much? Originally I approached the 100 Thing Challenge as a way to clean out the physical space around me in an effort to make more emotional and spiritual space inside. It was a personal risk. From the outset doubt has haunted me. I worried that, my stuff stripped away, I would uncover troubling facts not just about my excessive
Challenge of my own.” You’ll need to determine why you’re going to put yourself through the stress and social awkwardness, but also the joys, of resisting American-style consumerism. You’ll need to keep the “Why?” in front of you throughout your journey. It’s going to get tough. And you’ll need to remind yourself of what you’re trying to accomplish. There can be many valid reasons to do a 100 Thing Challenge: to help manage finances better, to declutter, to break a bad shopping habit. All of
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