In a child’s mind, the bogeyman tends to live in two places in their bedroom. In the closet or under the bed. My guy, a troll inspired slimy pile of yuck, lived under the bed. This thinking was exacerbated by the fact that in our house, under the bed was prime storage real estate.
Tender aged I made myself a vow. Nothing would ever be stored under any bed in my house. I’d like to believe that the seed of minimalism was planted then.
The other day my aunt gave me a gift. The gift is coming up on its twentieth anniversary this May. The gift – a copy of my college graduation program of events. An event she had attended and proudly indicated so on the cover.
The gift is no more. Simply because it brought me no value. This might sound harsh to some but everything I bring into my life must be questioned. It must have a purpose. It must add value.
What brings me more value is a picture I have of that day. A picture that is framed and displayed for all to see. She is in that picture.
What is Minimalism
… “It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.” ~Leo Babauta
… “The ability or practice of traveling light so you can travel far.” ~ Roe@Brownkids
… “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” ~ Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
… “Keeping what you need as opposed to what you want.”
|“Any half-awake materialist well knows – that which you hold holds you.” ~Tom Robbins
Humans, in all their pursuits, crave one thing. A better lifestyle. A lifestyle unanimously described as one in which happiness, fulfillment, and freedom take center court. Ownership affects lifestyle. Your lifestyle determines the degree to which happiness, fulfillment, and freedom will be experienced.
We Are All Minimalists
We may not be active participants, but at one time or another, we have all looked at an item in our possession. Deemed it to hold no value. And thrown it out.
This post calls on you to become more conscious of that action. Of what drove you to the point and what guided you through. I’ll hedge my bets on the reason being – you were in pursuit of freedom.
Minimalism is not a one-and-done act but a habit. A habit of eliminating what is not useful. For what is not useful, when held on too, becomes clutter.
Clutter is the antithesis of freedom.
A virus is a harmful or corrupting influence. Clutter is a virus. A virus that can effect a harmful mental, physical and emotional toll. So take some time and look at what you own.
Is it time to let some things go? Is time, not to create more space, but to own less crap? Is it time to start feeding your freedom and not restocking your prison?
Should you embark on this journey, please remember that there is no magic number. Also, the number cannot be assigned to you. “The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.” ~Duane Elgin
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