Simplicity is the ultimate satisfaction.
“Normal is getting dressed in the clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job that you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave all day so you can afford to live in it.” Ellen Goodman.
I am making changes in the way that I live to help me lead a life of pure happiness. I was slightly apprehensive to write this post so, firstly, I would like to say that I am not writing this to undermine anyone or make anyone feel guilty in any way shape or form. These are purely my opinions about my life and how I wish to live. I would never push my life practices onto anyone else because we all live different lives and we all find our happiness in different ways. Be happy and live the life you wish to live. I respect each being in how they choose to live their lives and I am simply sharing with you how I choose to live mine.
I have decided to make lifestyle changes in the bid to feel whole, without having to fill pieces of my life with materialistic things that do not genuinely have a value. When I sat down and thought about it, it was like everything in my mind fell into place. Currently myself, and I’m sure others, buy things for the sake of it, giving these items a meaning when in reality I do not need any of these materialistic items to be happy. Everything I need I have. I am not saying “STOP! Don’t buy anything for yourself”, because it is only natural to enjoy nice, luxurious things. All I am saying is that I now make conscious decisions about what is important and what is not – which definitely limits the purchases I make in order to be more minimalistic. There are a number of different concepts and ways to incorporate minimalism into your life. One definition of minimalism that I try to follow is: “The promotion of the things we most value and then removal of anything that distracts us from it”- Joshua Becker. Throughout our lives we have fallen into a trap: a cycle of illusionary thought pattern of wanting more and thinking that by having more possessions, it will make us happier and more content. I now realise that I will never be truly happy if I continue living in this pattern of desire and want. True happiness can only reside right here, right now. If you want to feel more joy, then you must find a way to be thankful for what you already have and, for me, adopting a simpler lifestyle has brought me joy. It is helping me to see what is try important in my life and reminds me to show gratitude for all that I have. A great way to feel gratitude for everything in your life is by writing down all you are thankful for and all you appreciate and love in your life. I’m sure that, after writing this list, you will realise how little the material items in your life stand out in your mind as bringing you joy. I believe that shows how little value they hold and add to the life you live, enabling us to focus on the things that do. I read a beautiful quote written by Jinti Fell that I found very inspiring and this resonates strongly with me…
“From this place of gratitude, your awe for this life will expand. Your focus on the good will attract more of it into your life, where your focus goes your energy flows”
http://www.jintifell.com/ this woman inspires me each day with her words and lifestyle she is truly remarkable.
Now I have the vision to live more simply in every aspect and lead a life filled with love and gratitude. I am by no means saying that I am a minimalist at this current time of my life, but then again on the other hand I am far from being a materialistic person I know where the value lies within my life. A goal of mine is to see constant self-growth in all aspects of my life. Small shifts such as attempting to live a more minimalistic lifestyle can have such positive impacts on our overall wellbeing so I am going to remove the things that take up excess time and energy and simplify things to suit a happier lifestyle. We will be forever longing for more if we are not satisfied or grateful with what we have currently – so stay close to what keeps you feeling alive. There is a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with ourselves, our lives and our earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it. My final words are words of advice: Stop trying to impress others with the things you own. At the end of the day, these inanimate objects are not going to impact or add value to our lives; we soon get bored and dissatisfied with them and so we consume more and more.
There is so much beauty in simplicity.
We are distracted from what is important in our lives, and the beauty around us, by focusing on the materialistic aspects in our lives. In our western society, I am increasingly seeing the occurrence of individuals believing self-worth or acceptance from others comes from what we own. Remember, your value lies within and you are enough. Love yourself and love others. Let that love shine through every day. Let your smile be your greatest accessory, “For attractive lips speak words of kindness, for lovely eyes seek out the good in people, for a slim figure share your food with the hungry. True beauty is reflected in your soul”- Audrey Hepburn.