“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is owning fewer possessions.
minimalism is intentionally living with only the things you really need.
With this technique, The minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus helped over 20 million people to achieve the 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.
Modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things and possessing as much as possible. They believe that more is better and have inadvertently subscribed to the idea that happiness can be purchased at a department store.
But they are wrong, says Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. Embracing minimalism brings freedom from the all-consuming passion to possess. It steps off the treadmill of consumerism and dares to seek happiness elsewhere. It values relationships, experiences, and soul-care. It lets us see all that we already have and reminds us to be grateful.
In doing so, you find a more abundant life.
Our world runs at a feverish pace. We are too hurried, too rushed, and too stressed. We work long, passionate hours to pay the bills, but fall deeper into debt every day. We rush from one activity to another—even multitasking along the way—but never seem to get anything done. We remain in constant connection with others through our cell phones, but true life-changing relationships continue to elude us.
Becoming a minimalist slows down life and frees us from this modern hysteria to live faster. It offers freedom to disengage. It seeks to keep only the essentials. It aims to remove the frivolous and keep the significant. It values the intentional endeavors that add value to life.
It is freedom from duplicity.
Today most people live in duplicity. People live with some pretended incarnated versions of themselves. They live one life around their family, one life around their co-workers, and another life around their neighbors. The lifestyle they have chosen requires them to portray a certain external image dependent upon their circumstances. They are tossed and turned by the most recent advertising campaign or the demands of their employer.
On the other hand, a simple life is united and consistent. It has learned a lifestyle that is completely transferable no matter the situation. It is the same life on Friday evening as it is on Sunday morning… as it is on Monday morning. It is reliable, dependable and unfluctuating. It works in all circumstances. It is honest and transparent.
The bottomline is.. One shouldn’t seek happiness or satisfaction in materialistic things. Rather, one should be seeking happiness in the things that can’t be bought by money. Things like Love, Friendship, Hobbies, Family.
We often taught that Happiness = Money + Recognition
But it really is NOW+Excitement.