Ok, let me stop. I don’t have a boat; I’m just messing with you.
If I buy a new black belt, I get rid of my old one. If stuff sits in the pantry too long, it’s gone. Before buying something I want, I walk away. If I’m still thinking about it after an hour or a day, I’ll return to the store or website.
I didn’t always live like this. I used to have way too much stuff. I thought a lot of it was valuable. Most of it was just sentimental junk that I don’t even miss. All that STUFF was consuming way too much of my energy and attention.
Reducing material clutter helped me to reduce mental clutter. For a daydreamer like me who has difficulty focusing, that’s a big deal.
De-cluttering created time and space for me to ask myself:
1. What’s an ideal way to live?
2. How can I reduce stress?
3. What can I create?
4. What’s the meaning of life?
Ok, I’m just showing off with question 4. I don’t get that deep.
De-cluttering means I no longer have to clean, manage, protect, worry about, and dust stuff.
I have more money, because I need and want less. I’m more confident and generous because I pass on what I don’t need, and I’m not caught up with popular or trending culture.
Dare I go so far as to say I have a little less anxiety, because I’m not chasing material possessions. My self worth is not caught up in a handbag or a pair of shoes (unless of course, we’re talking tap shoes…I mean, it’s only right that I have the best tools of my trade, right??).
Thanks to minimalism, I feel more enlightened, more aware of myself, and less consumed with senseless, insignificant stuff.
I like what philosopher Laozi wrote:
“The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.”
Minimalism has taught me to live with less, value what I have, and focus on the beauty of life – which is usually found in simplicity.
I’ve learned that true wealth is knowing what’s enough.
What’s your story? Tell me in the comment section below. Don’t be shy. Thanks.