Sunday, November 6, 2011
Minimalism is a Journey
I did not set out to be a Minimalist, but the flood in my home contaminated all of our belongings with toxic mold and made me one. Now, this is what's interesting, as I threw away all my belongings I was surprised by the relief. I had given all the material objects in my life "all the meaning they had" and I wondered if I had used them to define me, who I was, what my past was and what I liked.
At first is was hard to throw away expensive items, and even harder to part with the sentimental ones, like the beautiful painting I did of my children or my Kuan Yin lamp, and my 12-drawer hand-made dresser, which I had saved for to buy. But, as each piece of furniture left I realized I could survive without it. Suddenly a peace came over me. All my collected treasures had been defining me falsely, for they were objects of the past. Now, with my past gone, a breeze swept in freeing me.
I am officially a Minimalist and never plan to go back. My husband David and I have a new apartment with fresh clean air and as a Minimalist I will spend less and appreciate only what is needed in life. Who would have known that becoming a Minimalist would be just fine? The Beautiful thing about Minimalism is there is no right or wrong; it is a life of simplicity. I feel lighter with my past gone, which does not exist anyway. I am open to thoughts that are not from my eyes catching objects in my home based on history. Now, everything my eyes touch is wide open space.
Did you know Steve Jobs was a Minimalist?
The photo above is Steve Jobs at Home in 1982 — “This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.” —Steve Jobs
Steve also wore the same style black turtle neck and jeans to keep his closet simple too. He learned to live life like he was dying, because he was due to cancer. If you have cancer avoid sugar, even fruit for five years, and subscribe for a healthier life-style which takes a bit of a "mental game"!
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