If you are in the process of decluttering your home and living with less, you might be frustrated that you aren’t getting rid of stuff fast enough.
If you are paying off debt, you may be overwhelmed with learning how to budget and spending your money differently.
If you are trying to slow down, it may seem impossible to let go of your busy life and still meet growing demands and expectations.
Simplicity is not a destination. In fact, if you think you have to spend the next 5 years “getting there”, this is going to save you some time. Simplicity is in reach right now, and you can live a simpler life anytime. Like anything else, simplicity is about choice.
Savor Simplicity by choosing to …
- Wake up 10 minutes early and spend the beginning of your day stretching, or being quiet instead of rushing to get out the door.
- Take a digital sabbatical instead of being overwhelmed with information.
- Go for a walk instead of engaging in a heated discussion.
- Take charge of your worry instead of letting anxiety take over your day.
- Be unproductive instead of killing yourself to get it all done.
- Eat food that makes your body feel good instead of feeding your feelings with food that wears you down.
- Celebrate your progress instead of beating yourself up for what you haven’t acheived.
- Be grateful for who you are now, instead of guilty for who you were then.
- Measure yourself by the person you are, not the things that you get done.
- Meet up with friends instead of feeling lonely.
- Choose solitude instead of trying to navigate through the noise.
- Go outside and appreciate nature instead of cleaning your house.
- Support good people doing great things instead of complaining about bad people doing bad things.
- Dress with less instead of fueling your passion for fashion.
- Give more and take less.
A clutter free home and debt free lifestyle do not necessarily result in simplicity. Both of those things are really helpful in clearing your mind and giving you more freedom to live life on purpose, but without choosing simplicity, it will be hard to maintain your new habits.
My husband lost his wedding ring this weekend. I could have reacted with anger and disappointment, maybe even with skepticism, but none of those emotions crossed my mind. Because I choose people over stuff, (even wedding rings) I told him not to worry. I reminded him that a wedding ring is a symbol of our marriage, but doesn’t really have anything to do with our happiness.
You cannot be hurt by damaged stuff or things that are lost or stolen, if you choose people over stuff. That’s the key to savor simplicity. Choose time over money and people over stuff. It’s a very simplistic way to look at it, but isn’t that the way it should be?