Why Minimalism

It doesn’t feel like a bandwagon.

I don’t recall hearing about this and thinking, “I should be the next to do that.”

This was natural.  This was the next step.  This was organic.

This was in me.

My path in life was headed in this direction already.  I just happened to fall in step with so many others.

I feel like more people need to be on this path, though.  More of you need to be paying attention, need to hear what I have to say about this lifestyle.  This movement.  This bandwagon.

Get on it.

I’m calling it Minimalism for the sake of simplicity.  I’m going to use the words of those who have gone before me on this bumpy, soul-searching, enlightening road.

The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, have a fantastic blog as well as a couple books on the subject.  What they call their “Elevator Pitch” is this:

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Now, each person endeavoring to discover what is most important to him or her will approach this differently.  Each of us will define our happiness and our visions of the future different, so our versions of a minimalist lifestyle will be diverse.  What I do in my home with my family will vary greatly, but we will all be on the same path, this path to making room for what is truly important.

I don’t feel like I had some rude awakening or even experienced a moment where the clouds parted.  I truly believe that I came upon this course naturally, as if each step I’ve taken on my thoughtfully sought path these past few years was getting me to this point.  This wasn’t something the BHE and I were going to just jump in and DO.  It had to be something our minds and hearts built up for; we had to be prepared.

Maybe you did have an awakening.  Maybe the clouds parted and angels sang.  Maybe you’re on this path for much different reasons, but at least you’re here.

Light reading lead to heavy thinking.

Let me share a few resources with you:

The Minimalists
Becoming Minimalist
Unstuffed
You Can Buy Happiness
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I feel we are on this path because we are ready to shed the excess that is weighing us down.  What began as a simple “fix” to our diet has grown into a daily conscious lifestyle choice that embraces change and insists on becoming better:  eat better, be better friends, make better decisions, have better attitudes.

Define “better”…and make it happen.

We all say we want to do or be better.  It takes a lot of effort to follow through with that.  So what began with saying goodbye to wheat and then genetically modified foods, what grew with the birth of our daughter and what world we wanted to create for our children to grow and learn in, has morphed into this way of living that places meaning and value before all else.

If it doesn’t matter in the long run, if it isn’t going to add value to your life, if you aren’t going to feel better or be better, why are you doing it?  Why are you eating this or buying that or going there or working here?

Please, just ask yourself WHY.

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