If we want to reclaim our time, our resources and our life for what really matters to us, we have to learn to say “no” and say it often. It might be awkward and difficult at first, but then it becomes liberating.
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This could be your mental, emotional or physical space or all three.
Clearing space provides peace and calmness. It also clears away the “clutter” that has been inhibiting and holding back your life.
In their place, what gives you joy, growth and value will have the space to enter and flourish. Take it one step at a time but start with something.
Ask yourself honestly “Who are the people and what are the things that are essential to my happiness?” These are the people and things that you cannot live without.
Put these essential people and things on a list and resolve to focus the bulk of your time and resources on them. They are your priority.
Before buying anything, ask if it adds joy and or value to your life and if you really need it. Ask the same question of the things you own and the relationships and activities that you have in your life.
Invest your time and resources on people and activities that inspire, energize and contribute to your growth and happiness.
Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.
It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us, the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
The 'less is more' term is applied to many philosophies, products or lifestyle choices.
The definitions are broad, from intending to reflect on the damage we're doing to the world to Marie Kondo method that helps people live meaningful lives with less. Marie encourages people to declutter and only hold on to the possessions that 'sparks joy.'
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