Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wow. I've been missing for some time now, haven't I? I have been so caught up in home and work life that I've neglected to write. But, I do miss it. Today I was thinking about values. Not necessarily moral or religious values. But, just the word "value." What do we value as a society and what do we value as individuals? One of the things that appeals to me the most about minimalism is that it is not a "one size fits all" lifestyle. The value one minimalist places on a particular thing can differ significantly from another minimalist. That's the beauty of it. It's such a flexible mentality. It really is all about values.
Some of us value traveling the world, while others value being settled and having roots. Some of us value having 100 possessions, while others value a nice home filled with beautiful things. The key is to not feel suffocated by our stuff. If it doesn't bring us joy and happiness, then it needs to go. It really is that simple. Minimalism, in my opinion, is not just about stuff. It's about what those things mean to us. Plain and simple. Value.
What are you valuing today? Do you need to reassess?
Thursday, September 1, 2016
If you're relatively new to minimalism I first want to say, "Congratulations and good for you!" Secondly I'd say... "don't give up." Any kind of lifestyle change will be just that... a LIFE STYLE CHANGE. In other words, it'll be exciting at the very beginning when it's all new and you're just learning about it, but the newness will eventually fade. Once this happens, you'll either keep at it or you will revert back to your old ways of existing in the world. So, how can you stop the "old you" from making a re-appearance? By recognizing, accepting, and embracing your new "normal." Do you realize that you never question getting dressed in the morning? I mean, you may struggle with finding something to wear. But, you don't actually question the act of getting dressed, right? That's because to you, it's your "normal." We weren't born with clothes on, so why is it not ever questioned? Because, at some point, our parents just kept at it and it became our new "normal." Now, we don't even think about it. That's the ultimate goal with a minimalist lifestyle. If you keep at it, it will just "be." It will be who you are. You won't have to think about it, you will just do things as they've always been done. First off, you won't just robot your way to the mall and walk around aimlessly because you're "bored" and have nothing else to do. You won't go into a store, buy a top that's "kinda" cute and not think twice about it because in the end, "it's only $4.99." Instead, you will be so conscious of the world around you that you will instantly know and recognize that there's a lot more where that came from... literally, and that there was probably so much human suffering involved so that you could have a $5 top, that it would blow most people's mind. So, the thought of not thoughtfully consuming something isn't even a possibility any more. It just is. It's the kind of conscious consumer that you are, not that you are trying to be. How does that happen? Consistency. Keep at it and someday, it will be second nature. It will just be.