When I came across minimalism I was intrigued. Yes, I wanted a simpler life so I started to get rid of my belongings. But, minimalism is more than getting rid of stuff; it’s living an intentional life.
In The Secret Life of Tidying Up, Konmari emphasizes everything you own serving a purpose. As do The Minimalists. For example, they recommend once you read a book to pass it on to someone else.
When something serves a purpose, it’s okay to let it go.
Nothing should be kept out of obligation including material possessions, and commitments.
Minimalism is a way of living that promotes health, good stewardship, and essentially enjoying the simplicity of life.
Minimalism is about being mindful and intentional.
As life starts to change and new seasons take shape, it requires re-evaluating possessions, hobbies, commitments, and even relationships. While questioning the motivation behind everything.
If something is kept with an impure motive, it is most likely feeding an idol and should be let go. Idolatry can be found in trying to maintain a certain image, or based in greed and fear.
If the motivation to keep a friendship or relationship because we’ve been friends/together for X amount of years yet we are growing apart, values have changed, or we have unhealthy interactions with each other, it should be let go. It’s not a fall-out or failure.
Continuing a friendship or relationship out of obligation is not a healthy motive to keep it.
Making a commitment because we are afraid of saying ‘no’ to someone is also a wrong motive to keep it. We should make and honor our commitments out of our convictions, not because we want to please someone or afraid to reject their invitation.
Figuring out values is essential. Faith, family/friends, and health are examples. Everything can be filtered through core values.
Asking questions like “why am I choosing to do this?” “will it add value to my life?” “what are the benefits of saying ‘yes’?” “by saying ‘yes’, what will I have to say ‘no’ to in the future?”
When we let go of excess we are able to fully see what we have, and appreciate it! The beautiful things that add value to our lives become prominent. And that is living intentionally.
Life is too valuable and fragile to be burdened by unhealthy, and unnecessary stress. As adults we get the privilege of choice. Choosing relationships, commitments and our schedules are our responsibility.
There are no excuses because saying “yes” or “no” is our prerogative.
It’s time to start letting go. Where will you start?