Minimalism as an Ethos

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For some, minimalism is a race to the finish. Except, in this case it’s the one who dies with the least toys that wins.

Nice Idea. No Cigar

I prefer to view minimalism as an ethos. An all-encompassing way of life that keeps us rooted in the present.

Because when we’re present we’re more mindful. We remember that our actions have consequences.

They impact us, but more importantly, they impact the planet and the people and creatures we share it with.

Let’s Aim for a Mostly Mindful Life

We all aspire to be the perfect person. The person who always does the right thing, doesn’t eat junk food, wouldn’t dream of coveting an iPhone (let alone buying one), meditates regularly and never buys coffee in a to-go cup.

It’s good to have goals, but I reckon if we aim to live a mostly mindful life we’ll be doing okay. Striving to improve is better than aiming for perfection, failing, and then beating yourself up.

Update 24 April, 2019: Sporty got an iPhone recently and I’m coveting the heck out it.

It’s About Doing Your Best

Sporty and I used to be all or nothing kinda gals. But the older and smarter we get, the more we realise that life isn’t all or nothing.

We don’t have to settle, but we should at least accept who we are. It certainly beats chasing after the person we think we should be. If you’re stuck in that cycle, give minimalism a try.

If you’re keen to get started, The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker offers step-by-step guidelines for newbies and backslidden declutterers.

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