The Richness of Minimalism



To me minimalism is a tool that I use to bring more meaning to my life.  As counter-intuitive as it may seem, minimalism adds a richness or fullness to my life.  It does this by emphasizing what is important to me.  I treasure the few material things that I do own, but above all, I treasure the experiences and relationships in my life.  I don't want to spend too much time taking care of material things.  I feel that minimalism leaves room in my life for a more direct and genuine experience of life.

My personal take on minimalism is resisting the system (our modern consumerist society), placing emphasis on experiences and relationships, having room in my life to pursue interests with passion, and being my true self.  I don't have a lot of monthly bills or commitments so I have a little cash left to pursue my true passions - travel and photography.  Low financial overhead also means that I'm not tied down to a job that drains all of my energy or sucks the life out of me.  I thoroughly enjoy my current job, but if I choose, I could leave at any time.  To me that is the definition of being rich.  Doing what you want and having enough to share with others.

If you find that you are in a job or position that is excessively draining or makes you unhappy check out my guest post at Blue Collar Workman - 7 Steps to Leaving a Stressful Job.

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5 comments:

  1. I was just into my first coffee at 06:32, trying to get my thinking gear into action... you make ponderable points, Mr Dan.

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  2. I've realized that I've been working in a less than ideal job, so that I can afford to live in a house I don't want, in a town I'd rather not live in. Crazy, the things we do and own, because we think we HAVE to...

    Minimalism gets us questioning the status quo, more than anything, and once we start doing that, there really are no limits to what we can do.

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  3. Hey awesome, a link to my site! Thanks man! :-) That quote you've got up top is crazy awesome. It's so simple and easy,b ut somehow that idea gets lost in the jumble of life sometimes.

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  4. It is absolutely the true meaning of being rich. Defying consumerism is, in itself, a worthy and wonderful step toward true freedom. Thanks for this great post.

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  5. Very powerful thoughts. There is certainly a sense of richness and satisfaction in being surrounded by a very few curated, and cherished, things.

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