The new gimmick everyone is talking about is the importance of a work/life balance. You know, to give yourself a modicum of peace and tranquility through the shit storm that is life, because, hey, we're allowed to enjoy being alive ... right? Our purpose doesn't have to solely revolve around working, hence the work/life balance.
"No one looks back on their life and says, 'I wish I spent more time at the office.'"
Well, how about we spend even LESS time at the office. Reevaluate wants and needs. Reprioritize what truly matters. Downsize. Declutter. Purge. Have less so you can have MORE. More joy, more travel, more experiences, more love, more happiness, more inner peace.
Think about how much time we waste over one day, one week or even a month complaining about how we hate this or that person. Not only are we wasting time that could be put towards something useful—like reading a book, writing a short story or practicing yoga, but the more we complain, the more we’re living in a negative headspace.
Negativity begets more negativity and before we know it, we're bitter and angry at the world. It’s not a healthy way to live. I know.
I was angry with most everyone until one day, I realized I was wasting precious time. And the people to whom my anger was directed? They had their priorities straight. They didn't give a second worrying about what people thought of them, so essentially, I was the loser. And I was the loser twice, because not only did I dislike them, but negative thoughts occupied my mental space. They were going on with their life, happy as pigs in shit, while I was sitting there stewing over who knows what.
That’s why we designed the Kill ‘em with Kindness tee—a reminder to center ourselves and not dwell on the negative. If we’re nice, people are nice in return. It’s not Karma. Karma is a myth. Bad things happen to good people all the time and good things happen to assholes. If you live long enough, you’re bound to experience both good and bad things. What isn’t a myth is that it’s nice to be nice, but no one wants to be a bitch about it, which is why we put a sick looking knife on the shirt ;)
I used to work the front desk at a gym. Members were incensed that the gym didn't offer recycling. But to offer recycling, the corporation had to pay for pick up once a week— they saw no added benefit to that.
Persistent members hounded management on this issue. Now, 'management' in the corporate gym world isn't really management. They're droids fulfilling the corporate agenda. They have no power, no authority. Member requests fell on deaf ears.
One day our goofy manager walked in with an official recycling bin and placed it by the front door. Members were elated. I was surprised corporate gave in until he told me the truth: He couldn't take being hounded, so he went to the hardware store and bought a recycling bin. When the bin was full, he'd just throw it in the trash.
What does this story have to do with t-shirts? Nothing. Forget about the shirts. There's a larger message. One, don't believe corporations and two, if you want to do something, do it yourself. We too often take the easy way over doing the right thing. One right thing? Let's take care of our environment. You know what to do.
What's wrong with the old American Dream? Uh, IDK? Everything? The beginning of the American Dream was about prosperity, opportunity and freedom. Today, we emphasize money and acquisitions. “We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like." We end up with full houses, empty wallets, and loads of debt!
Minimalism and buying shirts don’t go together, but sometimes you just want to display your message. Rewriting the American Dream begins with the people who chose to live more and shop less.
That is, after you hit “add to cart” for this one ;-)