I will preface that this blog series has been and will be my hardest to write as it is a passion of mine as well as a constant struggle. It is a large topic and I have so much to say, yet it is a never-ending journey of making purposeful decisions and life choices all while fighting against a culture of ‘more’ and ‘not enough’ – like a fish trying to swim in a river upstream, against the flow. I will do my best to organize my thoughts and control my ‘fire’. In this series, please feel free to comment below with questions or suggestions.
What do you think about when you hear the term ‘minimalism’? Some of you may think of a new fad that everyone is talking about. Some may think of people who get rid of everything or live in tiny homes. While others may reflect upon ‘Pinterest perfect’ photos of houses beautifully decorated yet simple and clean. I bet many of you think “wow, commendable decision, I don’t think I could do that”. For many becoming a minimalist seems unreachable or undesirable. This response makes perfect sense in a culture in which everything is disposable and replaceable and our purpose in life is self gratification and achieving great success. I too got sucked in to this new fad called minimalism. I wanted to be a minimalist. The end goal looked so simple and freeing. However it also became the exact thing I was trying to replace. I became enslaved to the idealism of minimalism and lost sight of the beauty and peace found in the journey of minimalism. I want to talk about minimalism as a journey instead of an end goal.
So, what then is the journey of minimalism? The journey of minimalism has depth, purpose, vulnerability, and joy. In my words, Minimalism is…
“a journey towards living simply and purposefully so that you have the freedom to do more with less and focus on what is important in life.”
You can experience more such as more emotional space to connect deeply in your relationships with others, more time and resources to devote to the things and people you love, and experience joy and peace to the fullest as you place your happiness and worth in something more meaningful and live-giving as you intentionally care for the people and world – creation – around you.
All of this is done with less – less destruction to the environment, less bondage to the consumer culture around you, less stuff, less stress, and less baggage.
Yes, the journey of minimalism is hard, sometimes lonely and misunderstood but so worth it! The result? Indescribable freedom, and a purpose-drive life.
As The Minimalist’s would say, “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom. Minimalism has helped us…
so, I ask you…. What is important to you? What brings you joy? What do you wish you had more time for? What stresses and overwhelms you? Could you find freedom in doing more with less?
I invite you to join me on this journey – this journey of rock climbs and mudslides, of mountains, and valleys, and of depth, peace, and pure joy.
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