A Simple Reminder

Hi all,

I just wanted to share this simple reminder with you in case you are feeling discouraged or lost during your journey into minimalism, simplification, intentional living... whatever you'd like to call it:

"Someone else is happy with less than what you have."

I'm assuming that if you're lucky enough to have a chance to sit behind a computer and browse the internet, you're probably also lucky enough to have a roof over your head, food to eat, and perhaps a job to support yourself.

If you're in the process of minimizing, then that may mean you're blessed enough to have been able to afford stuff. By discovering minimalism, you're also blessed enough to realize how unimportant stuff can actually be to your happiness.

So if you're feeling discouraged (we all feel this way, sometimes) or if you're having a tough time letting go of something you know you don't love or need, just remember the quote above.

Your happiness does not depend on an object. In fact, your happiness does not depend on a multitude of objects either. It doesn't depend on collections, it doesn't depend on your wardrobe, it doesn't depend on your book collection. Your happiness does not depend on the amount of boxes you have sitting under your tree during the holiday season.

Your happiness is a result of the state of your mind. Your happiness is how you view the world, and view your possessions. Just like the Buddha suggests, when we detach ourselves from our worldly possessions and desires, in turn, we suffer less.

Life is so simple and you truly need so little to enjoy all that it offers. Nonetheless, if you are feeling discouraged, especially with the holiday season in full blast and the temptations of consumerism and sales and all those new toys, I suggest you detach.

Take a break -- from consumerism and from your minimalism journey. Take a bath. Brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea. Indulge in some chocolate. Eat some fruits. Do a couple jumping jacks. Be mindful of whatever you choose to do.

Then look around and notice how long you have already come. Notice how great it is that you even accepted the idea of simplifying your life in the first place. Not many people embrace it, and of those who embrace it, not all of them stick to it!

So take a breath. If necessary, force a smile. And enjoy the journey. It's the best part! And never forget that your happiness is based on so much more than material objects.



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