Thursday, April 13, 2017
Minimalism: Addition by Subtraction
When I was trying to name this series I wasn’t coming up with anything. There is a minimalism book called “The More of Less” and I just love that short phrase. But I didn’t think I could steal it. And then I was watching “The Office” for the millionth time, and I noticed this phrase from Andy. So that stuck. And here we are.
Minimalism has been on my radar for years now. And I’m starting to see how it’s always been appealing to me. But it used to seem like something I couldn’t do. I let a lot of things/rationales stop me from leaning into it. Additionally different life circumstances didn’t really line up for most my adult life. But finally my circumstances, my feelings, and my concepts aligned and it was time.
I’m sharing my circumstances, my feelings, and my concepts with you, as a sort of journal. So ahead of time, I want you to know: I’m not trying to hoist my preferences on you. There is no need to feel guilty if this isn’t for you. Or if this isn’t for you right now.
I’m just sharing them incase you find it interesting. I know that as I was putting my toes in the water, I could not read enough on minimalism-- it helped me to feel safe and inspired to continue. So if any of you are like that -- well here you go.
But if on the other hand, if you aren’t into this -- that’s fine go ahead and skip these posts.
As I start this series I’ll do one post just kind of introducing Minimalism concepts and some of my generalized thoughts on them. And then I will do follow up posts talking about my experiences of paring down in different spaces in my home.
So what is Minimalism?
Well probably my favorite definition comes from Joshua Becker.
He says, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”
He says: "If we were going to become minimalist, it would have to be a style of minimalism specific to us. It would require us to ask questions, give-and-take, identify what we most value, and be humble enough to change course when necessary.
Your particular practice of minimalism is going to look different from everyone else. It must! After all, you live a different life than everyone else.
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