I have been slowly walking towards a more minimalistic life throughout 2018. It is definitely a lot harder than one would anticipate. It seems that more often than not, I am bringing new things into my home without anything old going out. Still, as I continue to adopt a more minimalistic mindset, I have noticed how much easier it is to relax. The thing that has helped me the most in living with less is gratefulness.
In our busy lives, it is so easy to coast through life without any real depth of thought or process. We go to the store to grab one thing and leave with ten other things that we think we need. Instead of repairing items, we throw them away and buy new ones. Rather than saving and buying quality items, we buy discount products in a hurry.
The truth remains that we have lost the art of gratitude.
If we sat down in our houses and wrote out every single thing that was in the four walls of our house, we would be FLOORED by the length of that list. Yet, somehow, we convince ourselves that we still need more. We are driven by our wants (the illusion of need) rather than being satisfied with what we already have.
When I take time to stop and simply be grateful for what I have, the urge to have more begins to fade. When I’m racing through the store and I see a new style of jeans or a cute pair of shoes on sale, I don’t have that urge to buy them. Instead, I think about the ones that I have sitting at home. They work perfectly well. I don’t need new ones until the ones that I have are no longer of service. I continue with my shopping and I am at peace. REFRESHING! No, I am not perfect by any means and yes, it is a slow process but it is more than rewarding!
There is a time and a place to buy. But, the best kind of shopping is a purposeful kind. When I realize that I do need a new pair of shoes or a new pair of jeans as I have worn out the old pair, I can go shopping with a mission. Rather than just getting what I think I need, I discover exactly which items will benefit me the most and then I purpose to find those items at either the best price or the best quality for longevity’s sake.
This way, the items that I am acquiring actually serve a purpose in my life and my gratitude for those items is much higher. When I’m grateful for something, I am less likely to be driven by an urge for “stuff.” There is a shift from quantity to quality, from the item itself to the item’s value in my life.
In the end, I will be practicing much more gratefulness in my life and will be purposing to stop and look at my possessions and my life with gratitude.