Minimalism in a single sentence: Eliminate something and all the things that not contributes to the life you wish to reside.
I lately had a useful on-line dialog with an individual I’ve by no means met.
I had posted about minimalism on social media (as I are inclined to do) and he or she replied with a comparatively frequent response, “I’m simply afraid I’ll eliminate one thing I would like later.”
There are, in fact, no fast and straightforward replies to that worry—particularly once we’ve by no means met. I don’t know the place she lives, how a lot stuff she has, what she imagines her excellent life to appear to be, and even her propensity to throw away issues that she’ll want later.
So, I supplied my typical one-sentence reply to that query, “Aren’t you afraid of preserving extra stuff than you want?”
Her reply went one thing like this: “No, that’s a dumb factor to be afraid of. Why would I ever be afraid of preserving greater than I would like?”
And in her reply, I used to be rapidly reminded of the one perception that motivates all minimalist pursuits:
There is a hazard in proudly owning extra bodily possessions than I would like.
The specifics of that motivation could look totally different from individual to individual.
For instance, we might imagine to ourselves:
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of retains me from high quality time with my household.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of prevents me from reaching monetary freedom.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of means I’m unable to share with others.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of is a hazard to the atmosphere.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of means my priorities are within the improper place.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of slows down my journey of religion.
- Proudly owning an excessive amount of robs my alternative to pursue larger passions.
The particular motivation could change, however the overarching understanding continues to be the identical:
It’s not simply that possessions gained’t make me pleased, it’s that they distract me from the issues that do! And it’s not simply happiness that extra possessions distract us from, however pleasure, which means, function, achievement, and significance.
That’s the lightbulb second that motivates minimalism.
There is a hazard in proudly owning greater than I would like:
The hazard of dropping my life in pursuit of issues that don’t matter.