The Not So Minimalist Takeaways

We’ve got it all covered. We are enough. The only way to go is up and forward.

Minimalism has spread like a good plague, Leo Baubata smiles from the film Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. And it’s amazing to share how much the message is transforming people. I’m grateful for the tons of value that seeped into my life since then.

Here are my takeaways:

  • Minimalism opens the gates to freedom. It’s not only about curating our stuff, it’s getting disentangled from how we’re told we’re supposed to live.
  • The most important things aren’t stuff.
  • Discontent replaced with stuff cannot make the gnawing go away. Neither our pacifiers will.
  • Minimalism is a tool we can use in all areas of our lives. When we pause and ruminate on what’s truly important, we can become a better version of ourselves, doing only the things that bring us joy and growth.
  • Life is too short to be collecting things instead of experiences.
  • Spending less is the best way to have more.
  • The way to convince people is to not convince them. If we change, others may see the benefits and follow along. And even if they don’t, it’s okay. We are allowed to thread our own pace.
  • Digital minimalism is a sound choice. Curating our digital experience gives us the space to maximize communication and learning and take the rest of our time living in the real world. I’m not saying social media is pure evil but it’s worth the try to consume only what adds value to our lives.
  • Life is so much brighter and saner with intentional muscle — with mindfulness.
  • It doesn’t have to be Paris or Greece. We can be at any place and feel happy. Happiness resides in us.
  • Minimalism is simple but not always easy. But it helps when we constantly ask why we’re doing it.
  • Know our whys and we change our lives. Digging intimately to why we’re sticking to a habit, for instance, is often the key to make it worth doing over and over.
  • Minimalism made a lot of people ‘more’. It was a domino effect. You figure out for yourself what’s important to you, you experiment, and you’ll be surprised by how you’re better off with a simple, meaningful life.

 

Saving Sanity

Whenever my mother recalls, she boasts of days she climbs trees for a snack. Meanwhile, ours has been an unprecedented era where we take loads of stimuli for lunch. It is remarkable how much we’ve shifted and what it actually means for how much we spend our time online and for our dear sanity.

Technology platforms make it a cinch to be entangled and, worse, become enslaved by it. Many are susceptible to social media’s allure (for some obvious reasons) especially when people are oblivious to why they end up lost on hitting buttons. If not with intention and curation, it’s all but a mere distraction. 

Following only 17 people on Twitter – people I admire plus news bits – I still find myself overwhelmed by how much information there is (and there will be in seconds). All bargain for the most important issue of the day. With the overload it feels as though I ought to churn them out at once and expect myself to be full.

Whatever the media, the cesspool of stimuli, its repetitive tone, is every potential to suck our souls if we let it. If we’re being mentally hijacked then it’s clear why it’s critical to cultivate intentional consumption. This is not to demonize social media. I write for reflection as much as it is a reminder for others.

I found that it helps to filter and curate, and develop the habit for it. If we can downsize our physical stuff, we can save ourselves the time and energy by doing the same with our digital lives. If we only consume the materials we deem would improve us, then what we digest can actually make us full.

Digital Freedom

What freedom are we cultivating if we’re not enslaved to social media?

What peace would abound if we don’t feel compelled to scroll and click mindlessly?

What would it mean for our limited time and attention, our mood and sanity, if we intentionally choose and filter what we consume?

What if we curate the thoughts we want to ponder so we find meaning and sense on who we follow?

What if  we are learning with the interest to create and pay forward our own creation?

How much freedom can we free up and make use of if we are keen to spend small time on our digital presence and the rest to the real lives we’re living?