Welcome to Loving Simple Living! Life gets crazy so easily and it is hard to enjoy a crazy life.
I talk a bunch about minimalism on this blog because that is where I am passionate about. I have got to meet several other people who are starting the process and excited for change. Minimalism is exciting! It represents a freedom from lots of stress, work, and commitments that are weighing us down. We talk about liberating, exciting, freedom, passion, priorities, and dreams. These are all such fun words.
However, minimalism is only a tool.
Life is hard to figure out. Lots of the big questions, I believe, come down to:
- What is the purpose of life?
- What is the purpose of my life?
- Can I make a difference?
- Who am I? Who am I to me? Who am I to others?
Life is tough to figure out.
In dealing with these questions humans look for things to try and fill or answer them. Unfortunately, we tend to look for quick fix answers or look for ways to mask the thoughts all together. Often people ‘deal’ with them with either avoidance, depression, or addiction (with substances or unhealthy relationships).
Materialism has been a great mask and addiction in our current society. It gives us the promise of happiness and purpose and then follows up these undeliverable things with regret, busy-ness, and debt. It is a cycle that keeps businesses making lots of money and a large part of the population masked to life’s questions.
Minimalism isn’t the next quick fix to figuring out life. Life isn’t about less stuff. Minimalism is a tool to help shed off the layers, the mask, so we can get a better look at our life again.
I love minimalism and simple living, but they aren’t the answer to the big questions. Minimalism still doesn’t give anyone anything to live for. Minimalism helps remove the lies we have used to answer the question.
I am excited you are coming on this journey with me. I love that you are reading, and I love getting to know you and hear your story. I just wanted to help define in my mind and in our communication the place minimalism belongs. Hugely important, but only because of what is truly important.
On these big questions I am still working. I am not sure the human brain can fully understand and answer them but it is worth a lifetime of trying. I am a Christian and am striving and praying that it can be a lifestyle of love and service with a clear destination more than a culture, tradition, habit, or societal tribe. …. however, I believe religion can be another mask that doesn’t really answer the big questions either, but that is probably another post 🙂
I am currently participating in The Big Unplug. I would love to hear what you think and love your comments but won’t be able to respond till next week. Have a great day!