Minimalism is not another step-by-step plan with a list of tasks to check off as you get closer to some kind of minimalist goal. Instead, minimalism is a lifestyle that must be built into your daily routines and the decisions you make in ordinary life in order to enjoy the luxury of minimalism. Yes, luxury, as in luxury of breathable space, creativity, thought, written words, listening, meditation and prayer, energy to work harder, the ability to focus during that work, and enjoyment of loved ones’ presence.
Will you follow your normal routine today and condition your hair, blow it dry, then hold it in place with some kind of grooming product? Or will you step outside with damp hair and let the breeze dry it this way and that as the dog does his business? The latter feels better—haha, the breeze, not the dog poop. (And yes, you are still beautiful or handsome with windblown hair.)
The next time you do venture outside, whether it be to take the dog out, sweep the front porch, or check the mail, will you decide to leave your phone behind and enjoy the luxury of the air and sky overhead without digital distraction?
Tomorrow when you wake up will you make the bed, creating a calmer atmosphere? Or will you leave it in disarray? . . . or will you make the bed only to have the cat somehow UNmake it by the time you get out of the shower? (The things our four legged family members do behind our backs!)
This Saturday you could throw your energy into the church’s rummage sale as planned, or you could decide to work the first half of the sale then rush on over to your grandson’s soccer game, bringing Hunger and Grumpiness with you. Learning to say yes and focus on a task, and likewise learning to say no so you can still focus on your chosen task, is part of minimalism. As far as your grandson goes, he’d rather see a happy grandparent once in awhile than a stressed out grandparent frequently.
Make this day even better. Consider:
- Practice saying no. Actually stand in front of a mirror and say, “No,” and, “No, not this time,” and, “Thanks for asking, but no.” If you feel silly, be brave and do it anyway, but it might be easier if you wait until your spouse has stepped out of the house!