Minimalist – A person who lives an intentional life. One who values experiences over possessions.
“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” Tao Te Ching
I have been working on becoming more of a minimalist (realize its different for every person). I’ve spent the last year or so decluttering my possessions. I’ve either sold, donated or trashed many things that were cluttering my life. I still have plenty to do and its a constant on going project. It’s challenging but very rewarding. With every item that I set free I also set myself free. To walk into a room that is sparse is very enjoyable to me. It represents clarity, freedom and open space to breathe.
This past Thanksgiving holiday I decided to take a leap of faith and trust my instincts as I downsized from a 1400 sqft house to a 335 sqft guest house. I finally just settled into the guest house taking the past few months to purge many more possessions from my existence. The feeling is unbelievable. They say timing is everything, so I felt this was the time to make the move. I’m challenging myself as never before.
This is a journey and I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life, one with less stress over things and more experiences to enjoy.
Remember Its Only Stuff…
You know what that means. It means that the entire world will be spending their hard earned money on materialistic items.
Do we really need more stuff? Don’t we have enough of the latest Apple, Android etc devices.
Trinkets bring only temporary happiness. Experiences bring lasting happiness.
Real wealth, security, and contentment come not from the trinkets we amass, but how we spend the one life we have been given. – The Minimalists
I have an idea. This year for the holidays instead of giving gifts – give experiences.
Remember It’s Only Stuff
You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you. ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hofmann
Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu
At times a fresh coat of paint can bring in some new perspective. Painting a room can have a dramatic effect on many facets from changing ones mood and outlook to increased energy and vitality. (depending on color and your mileage may vary)
A once red wine colored room is now being transformed to a clean new bright white. The contrast between the two are startling but refreshing and alive. The room is now beating with a different pulse and it feels really good.
The paint is a metaphor for the need to change our mindset and start a fresh path. Whatever you are struggling with can be dealt with easier when we start thinking differently. When we start feeling instead of just reacting we engage our insides instead of focusing on the outside world.
If you’re feeling stagnant you might just want to paint a room a different color. See if it has a positive effect on your life. As always have fun with it, be free and let the creative energy flow.
I learned many things from that book and it has inspired me to tell my stuff…..
OK, YOU GOTTA GO
I’m systematically going through all of my stuff and interviewing each piece. I know it sounds weird, but it works and it makes sense. Try it. Pick up any object in your home and ask it the following questions:
Why are you here?
How did you get here?
Do you bring me joy or happiness? If not, do I still need to take care of you?
If the answers you receive are inadequate the object must go. Trash it, Sell it, or Give it away. Don’t let it sit there. Don’t forget…..
It’s Only Stuff
Here’s your task for today. Look around your home and question a few of your objects and see how it goes.
One less object in your home is a small victory. Keep going. The feelings you will encounter will be surprising. Let go and be free grasshopper
Amazing and right on point. Even though I enjoy technology, he has a point. People texting instead of talking, walking etc. Is this a good thing for society? It obviously has many positive aspects but the question is “Is it worth it?”
Thank you Jeremy for turning me on to this video.
Slowly I was able to get rid of most of the outdated paperwork and moved all the unnecessary cables and such to higher ground. Now my desk is clean and open for business. I have been able to concentrate more and feel great. I’ve also started to only have one project’s paperwork out on the desk at a time, seems to keep me focused. Its not all cluttered and disorganized anymore. I challenge you to do the same.
It’s not what you do its how you do it. Do it while being present.