On some real:
I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.
So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)
I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.
All I could think of was Matthew 19:21
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Initially, I thought Jesus used this to test the hearts of those wanting eternal life. Like, “prove your dedication to the Lord by selling your earthly possessions and He will reward you in Heaven.”
But Jesus doesn’t think like that. He came so we don’t have to prove anything to earn God’s love. It wouldn’t make sense for Christ to respond with a concept that contradicts the purpose of His crucification.
Then in the heat of my minimalistic rampage, it dawned on me that the chains of commercialism and the pressure of society were being removed one link at a time.
Materialism is slavery to this world.
I’m not even tryna be philosophical here. When we evaluate the system of giving away our paycheck (which is just the dollar amount we accept in exchange for a fraction of our life) to buy one of two things:
- Needs: Things we must purchase to continue living.
- Wants: Things that only gratify until they lose their novelty/newness.
We see that the system is self-perpetuating and nothing more; I say that from an academic background in economics and marketing. There is no truth or contentment in materialism; I say that from experience.
I was just gonna share the perks of minimalism for overworked mothers. Instead, ended up on a spiritual tangent. Smh.
Let me get back on track by listing the immediate benefits I experienced within the first week- some on the first day- of being an official minimalist:
- Less Clutter/More Calm
- Less Cleaning/More Compliments
- Less Distraction/More Time
There are both material and spiritual advantages to living a minimalist lifestyle. All I can say is that I’m loving the things of this world less and less- and the process is amazeballs.