Less is More

This post is part of the LET’s COLLAB blog series. The collaborator to this post is a wonderful blogger – Ana. To find out more about the blog series click the following link LET’S COLLAB. Definitely drop in and check her site( Achilles’ Heel) We have both expressed our opinions on Less is moreInsignificant: Blinding Lights is written by Ana and Lesser the Richer is written by me . I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed writing them down.

Insignificant: Blinding Lights

Unnecessarily big with such tall buildings, where its pseudo vanity- gaudily shewn, gives way to the many trivialities. The lights- so bright fail in veiling the apparent dirt all around. The greenery- so oddly set in this mélange of metal- big and small; the excessively rich and utterly poor. The many perverted eyes that gaze through regarding the ostentation. The white and blue, burgundy and lilac; the perfectly modest, the desperately spoilt. It is a dwelling to all, but home to none. All that it has ever housed is an eternal façade– blatantly placid in the deafening silence and paradoxical incessant honking, hue and cry over absolutely…nothing.

As my eyes reluctantly embraced a void brimming with the seven sins, I said to myself in as hopeful a tone as I could muster up, “Welcome to the Big City.”

Big Cities, the avaricious, not so beautiful after all, are we?
An epic- oblivious to glory.

Is ignorance really bliss?
“Ignorance is only bliss as long as it is coupled with a parallel perpetual pursuit of knowledge to define right from wrong, petty from poise.” (Satellites: Our Future Lifeline)

In awe and disgust of the many sights I have ever beheld, I plaintively asked myself,
“Do stars truly listen, will these blinding lights ever be extinguished?”

Alas! You know what they say,
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

Is it all for the colossal skyscrapers we spend on thriftily?
Are they really worth the billions spent, or the many lives staked each day, that’ve now come to a standstill?

Is soaring in the air while others seethe and succumb not ignorance too?

© achillesheelpoetry, 2020

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

Lesser the Richer 

“Stuff is not passive. Stuff wants your time, attention, allegiance. But you know it as well as I do, life is more important than the things we accumulate.” – Dave Bruno

The idea of finding happiness in superficial items, the idea of maybe having more is better or the delusion the mind feeds that something more will bring you happiness. The idea of less is more is the one that propagates to find happiness in what we have, those that are essential, not those that are superfluous. Sparing the trivialities in a consumerist world. Honestly, life is simple and the human mind is naïve and innocent. It naturally finds happiness in the smallest things. That is precisely why you treasure the relationship more than the gifts you get through maintaining it.

“Bigger the better” this is maybe true for certain cases but, I believe for most cases it should be “lesser the richer”. What do I mean by this? Life in short doesn’t expect much out of us. The only thing it demands is to live it the way it  should be lived and even then it has given us the choice to choose the way it should be lived

The lesser the things you need to look after isn’t it better? Lesser attachments, more freedom and the joys in the little things in life. In the end having more was never a guarantee of happiness and having less was never a submission to the lack of it either, then isn’t it okay to have less to live a richer life?

PS: Ana has been helping me with the edits, constant reviewing and rechecking. Thank you Ana for doing the needful!!

19 thoughts on “Less is More

  1. Fariha it was an absolute pleasure collaborating with you. You are one of the most amazing writers I know, and a super- beautiful person from the inside out. I feel glad to have found your blog, and even ‘gladder’ that I got this chance to Collab with you.

    Working on this with you was so much fun, and over the course of the past three days, I’ve come to adore your talent more than ever.

    Thank you ever so much for simply being you and for this radical initiative and opportunity!!! 💖✨

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    1. Ana the feeling is mutual. Likewise it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you. Thank you for being considerate, from the topic idea to, checking rechecking and proof reading you always took the initiative and executed the task beautifully. I am really glad and grateful that i had this opportunity to stumble across your blog and even more glad to have been able to do this collab with you.

      I agree it sure was a ton of fun, with those constant reviewing and honestly I have no clue how time went when I was writing and asking you to go through the work, likewise i have always adored it and will continue to adore it, you just get better and better

      Thank you so much for accepting me for who i am and thank you so much for being you. The pleasure is all mine!!!! ❤❤

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      1. I literally am dumbfounded 🥺
        The feeling is definitely super- mutual.
        This would not have been possible without your guidance, every step of the way.
        Me too! 😃 Time basically flew.

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  2. wow, it’s obvious the amount of effort both of you have put into this. The questions Ana has put forward at the end of her part leaves one thinking if all this vanity is worth it. And Fariha, “having more was never a guarantee of happiness and having less was never a submission to the lack of it either” – That’s gold!! Kudos to both of you for putting all your heart into this. Just wonderful!💫

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    1. I know right! When Ana first shared her writeup for the Collab with me she had left me thinking as well. She is really good! Also initially the line pointed out in my writeup wasn’t there it was Ana suggestion to add something more to leave a more profound effect, looks like it is doing its job haha! I am so glad you liked it. Thank you so much Nash its always pleasure to have you drop by ❤

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  3. It’s incredible how both the pieces are so brilliantly penned all the while conveying such profound messages. I absolutely loved your part and it’s truly making me think. Lesser the richer sounds like a wonderful mantra for a happy life. Fantastic job, guys!! Heading over to Ana’s blog now!!❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, D! I am so glad we could convey such a profound message, I am glad we could make you think and even more glad you liked the concept. Thank you once again , it is always a pleasure to have you drop by. Awesome definitely check her site out too ❤

      PS: if you are up for it we can Collab sometime too (:

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      1. My pleasure!! It’s incredible to see words being used so effectively!❤️
        I’d love to collaborate with you but I’m afraid time isn’t on my side. I feel like we’re from the same country 😂 so maybe we could work on it when the summer break comes around?

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      2. Thank you so much ❤
        looks like time isn’t on anyone’s side . Haha even I feel the same way. Summer break sounds cool , looking forward to it (:

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked it. Very true! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I truly appreciate it (:

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