Twist It Up
"We need to recognize what's inside us that's driving our purchasing decisions, because only then can we rob materialism of its power to distract us from what could bring us real happiness and meaning"- Joshua Becker, The More of Less
Cons: Frustrated. Clutter. Stuck. Finances. Wasting time. Managing possessions.
Pros: Pursuing people. Loving relationships. Appreciation. Giving vs owning.
What's your own definition of success? Rewrite it. Twist it up.
The other day, my mom found my high school diploma laying on the ground in my messy garage while I was moving. She got irritated and asked why I thought it was ok to just leave something so special like that on the floor and not even care about it or take care of it. If she had it her way, that diploma would be displayed in my bedroom. Just so you know, I made it guys! On my way to the traditional "success".
Little harsh? On the other hand, which is my very own, that piece of paper inside of the insignificant book meant nothing to me. Yes, I enjoyed those days I just don't need evidence of it. I don't know if that's a generational difference, since I am part of the millennial generation, or my eyes have just opened a little wider, or because I'm reading The More of Less, but either way it wasn't a big deal to me and I didn't think twice about it. More than likely, my diploma would just sit under my bed in a shoebox and collect dust and I would only pull it out over time, as I am moving houses. What is so great about hanging on to something that sits under your bed that you have no desire to take out? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Think about this deeper for a second. I can't take a lot of things with me when I die and things are just things. I want to hold on to the items that have value to me and things that I can make use of. Minimizing doesn't mean you have to get rid of everything you own. We all approach minimalism a little differently, because we are all different people. I'm choosing to create habits now, that I want my future kids to adapt to, so they don't have to be a part of a generation that is addicted to materialism. In conclusion, that diploma was a one time thing that happened that one time that no-one really cares about anymore. So the question is, why do we feel the need to keep things that are the universal definition of "sentimental"? Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean that you have to follow. I suggest that you rewrite your own definition of success and value.
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made,