Minimalism as an Ethos

Footprints

There are those for whom minimalism is a race to the finish, except in this case it’s he who dies with the least toys who wins.

I like the concept, but I think it’s about more than that.

I propose minimalism as an ethos, a way of life that keeps us mindful of the fact that our actions impact ourselves, the planet, and the people and creatures we share it with.

Ultimately what we should be aiming for is to live out our lives as mindfully as possible.

However as much as we might aspire to become that perfect person who always does the right thing, never eats crap, wouldn’t dream of coveting an iPhone (let alone buying one), doesn’t cross the street to avoid the homeless person sitting on the sidewalk, gets up early to meditate and never buys anything in plastic (gasp!)…chances are we’re never going to be.

Far better we just face facts now and settle for doing the best we can.

I used to be an all or nothing kinda gal, but the older (and prettier) I get, the more appealing the idea of settling for who I am becomes. Because honestly, I’m tired of chasing after the person I think I should be.

Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints. —Chief Seattle

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