Hey there! Happy Wednesday!
So I’ve been thinking a great deal about this post and I think I have to admit that I don’t REALLY want to be a “minimalist”. The term coined “minimalism” as I understand means to “reduce to it’s necessary elements” via wikapedia. I know I don’t want to live with only what’s necessary. And that brings up a whole new discussion on defining “necessary”. I mean what we in America think of as necessary many people throughout the world would consider pure luxuries.
What I want is to live more simply (consume less, repurpose and reuse as much as possible). More importantly I want to be content in the HERE & NOW. I want to focus everyday on how happy & blessed I am to live in a home that’s heated, to be able to take a hot shower & wash my dishes with warm water! Instead of focusing on the items I “need” to complete my home.
It is so easy for us to get so focused on what we don’t have or what we “need” to make us happy. We compare our situation to someone who has more and feel discouraged or sorry for ourselves. I am certainly guilty of looking at other blogs and wishing mine were as “good” or looking through gorgeous home tours and comparing them to mine. This always results in feeling discouraged and feeling sorry for myself. SUCH a silly waste of time, and I know this – yet I feel like I’m constantly battling it. The poster above is for sale through Etsy and I’m thinking seriously about buying it to put somewhere that I will see it every day! What a good reminder: Never let the things you want make you forge the things you have! Wow! I love that..
So my #1 goal for figuring out how to balance the desire to decorate while living simply is this: Keep a mindset of Thankfulness. Choose to be thankful daily for all that I am blessed with & try not to take it for granted.
I have a few other solutions/ideas around this topic I’d like to share with you. I will save them for another day. I hope you enjoyed reading this. I’d love to hear what you think about my ramblings…Hopefully we can encourage one another to live a life on contentment!