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Why Minimalism is a Better Way of Life

 

Can owning less, doing less, and focusing more bring peace and productivity into your life?

 

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. That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions.

Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately. There are plenty of successful minimalists who lead appreciably different lives. 

 

Minimalism is not just about doing some stuff, we also need to avoid:

  • Create less.
  • Consume more.
  • Crave nonessentials.
  • Regard everything as precious.
  • Refuse to let go.
  • Stare at the rearview.
  • Espouse cynicism.
  • Feign sincerity.
  • Channel surf.
  • Watch the news.
  • Peruse social media.
  • Inhabit the email inbox.
  • Focus on productivity.
  • Compare achievements.
  • Yearn for success.
  • Forsake sleep.
  • Forgo exercise.
  • Seek quantity.
  • Disregard quality.
  • Hide from fear.
  • Reject help.
  • Hold grudges.
  • Flout gratitude.
  • Ignore friendships.
  • Expand the to-do list.
  • Embrace perfectionism.
  • Stay busy.
  • Hurry.
  • Take on debt.
  • Go to the mall.
  • Fabricate goals.
  • Raise expectations.
  • Lower standards.
  • Overpromise.
  • Underdeliver.
  • Spend more.
  • Save less.
  • Rely on handouts.
  • Shun contribution.
  • Think only about self.
  • Ruminate on the unchangeable.
  • Say yes to everything.
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