Since the time I have stumbled upon the Minimal Mac, Becoming Minimalist and Substance Over Stuff blogs, I have been captured by the spirit of minimalism. What is minimalism you ask? In short, minimalism is a celebration of living more by owning less. Minimalism is about focusing on things that truly matter and ultimately living a happier, richer life. I won’t go too deep into explaining what minimalism is for two simple reasons:
- There are other people who write about minimalism and they are doing an amazing job at it.
- I will save space and time and this post will be more minimalistic as a result.
“Our story begins on a beautiful three-day weekend at our home in suburban Vermont. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, the grass was beginning to green, and the trees were budding. I was cleaning my garage, my wife was cleaning the bathrooms, and my 5-year old son was in the backyard asking us to come play with him.
At that very moment, I struck up an entirely coincidental, life-changing conversation with my neighbor who commented, “Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.” The juxtaposition was striking. My possessions piled up in the driveway… my son in the backyard… my day slipping away… I immediately recognized something needed to change.
My belongings were not adding value to my life. Instead, they were subtracting from it.”
Look into minimalism a little more, read some blog posts, follow some tumble logs. You won’t regret. Because the best things in life aren’t things.