The world we live in gets complicated and busy often. With working, raising children, doing chores, running errands, and spending time doing extracurricular activities, we can run around so much that we end up feeling exhausted and frazzled. In fact, loads of people end up burning out and/or having a nervous breakdown because they’ve become way out of balance.
This is why more people are getting on board the simplicity and minimalist train. They are opting for a simpler life. The kind of life where they can actually relax and enjoy their days. The kind of life where they’re not seeking internal satisfaction from external sources.
Simplicity refers to simple, or kept to a minimum. It’s not complex. Rather, it’s easier. There is a natural flow. It’s similar to minimalism, which means keeping things to a minimum – including your lifestyle.
Both are ways to slow down and avoid the busy, materialistic society that surrounds us. It is a way of life that values simplicity, purpose, and joy. Minimalism is going through life with the intent of living with the bare necessities instead of trying to acquire more and more material possessions. After all, trying to keep up with the Joneses only tends to tire us out and empty the bank account.
If you’re on the path to simplicity and minimalism, you’re probably looking to glean wisdom from those that have already been on the path a while. After all, it is a lifestyle, and we all tend to learn valuable lessons when we trek a road we’re not too familiar with.
Today, there are many people – individuals and families – opting out of the mass consumerism type of living and adopting a simpler approach to life. They’re stepping outside of the box and unafraid to venture into unknown territory.
The ironic part is that simple and minimalist living is not a foreign concept. Our ancestors were minimalists and did just fine for centuries. Maybe they didn’t have all the luxuries available today, but they managed quite well. It wasn’t until the Industrialization period that people began wanting and needing more and more to satiate their carnal appetites.
Of course, it didn’t help that advertising on radio and television rolled in too. Marketers know how to reach people and get them to hand over their money for things they had no idea they needed or wanted.
Take some time this week to engage with friends, coworkers, and family. Ask them how they are really doing. Take note of how much they complain about feeling tired, pressured, stressed out, and so on. Whether it’s not enough time to get everything done, not enough money to pay the bills, or not enough money to acquire what most consider the finer things in life, you’ll likely hear quite a bit of negativity.
What is driving people in society to run themselves ragged? Many argue that consumerism and materialism are the driving forces. With billions spent on advertising yearly, we are bombarded daily with ads that give the picture that in order to be valuable and happy, we have to make a certain amount of money, live in a certain type of house, have a hot car, every new technology gadget around, and more
Trying to “live the dream life” can become exhausting. And, you may not even realize you’re on that hamster wheel. You’re programmed to just keep doing the same things day after day on autopilot without stopping to really check out what’s going on in your life. You’re not prompted much to really get honest with yourself about how you’re doing emotionally, mentally, physically, and/or spiritually.
Sure, we need basic things like shelter, food, and clothing, but there’s this underlying message in the larger part of society that the basics are not enough.
You must have more. You must do more.
The mentality behind it?
That you’re a loser, failure, etc. if you don’t have this and that.
But that is not true at all.
Our worth is not found in what we possess. Just ask those that have made beaucoup bucks, hit celebrity status, and have made their success – they’ll tell you all that stuff didn’t cause them to feel inner joy. It might have pacified them for a while, but it always comes back to what’s going on inside. To the emotional landscape.
Should you want for a decent life? Adequate money to afford yourself some freedom and financial security?
Do what you have to do to get that, but beyond that, don’t get sucked in. Don’t think that grasping for things “out there” will ultimately bring you inner peace and joy.
Excess is not necessary. It creates strife, relationship issues, chronic stress, health issues, and more. Kids are neglected because more money must be made. Relationships suffer due to a hefty consumer debt load from acquiring things not necessary.
Join the minimalist and simplicity crowd. The person with the most toys and gadgets at the end does not win. There are no winners, as there is no contest.
If you’re committed to the simple life, here are some simplicity tips you can employ on your journey. Take what you need and pass them on:
Sure, you can purchase things you desire, but be sure they are in balance with your budget.
Begin a journey on the simplicity and minimalist trail and get to know others who are doing the same. Think in broader terms than most. Think freedom instead of imprisonment. Think significance instead of another cog in a wheel. Think small, not big, because in the minimalist camp, small is pretty big.
Jump on board. You’ll likely feel less stress and pressure. You may also feel more accomplished, responsible, wise, and you’ll smile a whole lot more. Some will call you crazy and others will admire your guts to go against the grain.
Simplicity can be golden. Go ahead and give it a try.
August 8, 2022
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