Every beginning of the year I read this book of the Bible called Ecclesiastes. It's a simple reminder of where my focus should be. In hindsight, it wasn't difficult to resist minimalism and its benefits, simply because this theme actually is found throughout the Word of God.
Stress levels have actually been on the rise, which says a lot about our quality of life. I say we minimize the status quo living once and for all. Why not try something a little less conventional, but more gratifying?
This is the third time we'll be moving in three years. I guess you can say that not being a home owner has "purchased" us the right to mobility. A lot of it, if needed.
I have learned so much while on this journey of slow living and simplicity, and one thing is definitely worth noting: it takes more effort to dispose than to acquire.
A more simplistic lifestyle does come with its challenges. To be part of a culture where the pursuit of the American dream is idolized and materialism, the norm, I can't think of a more brave movement to join than minimalism and slow living.
This book is so practical and such an easy read... I totally recommend it, regardless if you're not ready for the new Japanese minimalism in any way.
Once we began decluttering, or minimizing, the effects spill on to different areas of our lives; even our vacations look different now. I'm not saying we won't ever go on a big trip or anything like that, but life is simpler now, and the 52 weekends we have a year have become our ideal in relaxation.