“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” Joshua Becker
The above quote is from a blog that I follow, becomingminimalist, curated by Joshua Becker. It was the impetus behind my resolution to get rid of half my stuff by the end of 2016. I do believe I brought this up in the past and promised an update. Here it is.
I got rid of a bunch but had to slide my resolution into 2017. Then I found myself coasting. I was also struggling with acquiring versus downsizing. My rule for acquiring is to only have things in my life that I love and that bring me joy. That involves constant attention, especially to my motives, which are not always clear.
Another thing I’m striving for is simplicity. My clothing collection has become utilitarian. I own a half dozen black tops that I wear with jeans. That’s my everyday wardrobe. The question, “What should I wear today,” has disappeared from my repertoire of phrases.
The coasting subsided for now and I’m in a new burst of culling. Today I purged my email inbox. Next will be the physical inbox that sits on my desk during the day. It’s become a dumping ground that taunts me whenever I look at it. Today those taunts will stop. My file cabinet will also get a purge this weekend. My collection of instructions for items I no longer own seems a bit ridiculous.
So what guides my minimalist quest at this point? A big part of minimizing life, for me, comes from answering two questions. What do I want to do with my time and what do I want to stop doing with my time? Seeing time as precious and finite became more apparent as I aged. So where do my lists sit at this point?
I want to write. Committing to a blog post everyday is part of that to-do project. I want to explore music and rhythm with a beautiful hand drum I received as a gift. I want to explore color and texture in art. After years of more traditional art pieces, and trying to do art correctly (whatever that means) I’ve decided to apply color with plastic spoons and Q-tips and see where that takes me.
I added mirrors to this piece. It seemed like the thing to do.
I want to read inspiring books. They seem to come into my life when I set my intention. The latest book that appeared is, “Crossing the Unknown Sea, Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity” by David Whyte. To hear a podcast interview with David Whyte go to Onbeing, one of my favorite podcasts.
I want to prepare and eat healthy food. That’s a journey that can sometimes be a confusing struggle if I don’t remind myself to keep it simple. I want to surround myself with joy-filled people, food for my soul. I want to laugh and recognize when I’m being ridiculous. I can be pretty good at that.
What I want to get out of my life is television, negative people, and status as defined by our current culture. I see this as a good start.
So now I’m set? Dare to dream. Life is fluid and change is inevitable. But living with my heart and eyes open might be a good starting point.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.