When Less is More Than Enough

Is it just me? I’m noticing a slow-down and a trend towards the simple; an unstuffed life. People are choosing more stillness, minimalism and meaning in a world hinged on consumerism and increased productivity. There is a steady aversion to a life of frenzy and constant achievement with no soul. There is more discretion and contemplation when deciding what to take on and what to do with precious time.

A highly geared and active entrepreneur I follow, took time off out of the blue, unexpectedly announcing her decision to disappear from social media channels and enjoy the present moment. I’ve no doubt this gave her followers welcome permission to do the same. And so it goes – I notice people all around me opting for less mind clutter and stuff, and more experience. More time for plain enjoyment.

When I visited the traditional striving and goal-setting around New Year’s resolutions, I found Canadian author and inspirational speaker, Danielle La Porte’s refreshing advice to loosen your grip from “relentless pushing yourself to achieve goals” and let go of what has ceased to “serve our fullness” and do work that feels “clean and nourishing from a soul level”.

“What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?”

 

Generation Y is particularly astute when it comes to leading a wholehearted existence and a managed working life. They are a bunch of wanderlusting, discerning warriors to learn from.

This week I watched the documentary, Minimalism, about living a more meaningful life with less.

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists. “Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room. Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all. For us, it all started with a lingering discontent. A few years ago, while approaching age 30, we had achieved everything that was supposed to make us happy: great six-figure jobs, luxury cars, oversized houses, and all the stuff to clutter every corner of our consumer-driven lifestyles. And yet with all that stuff, we weren’t satisfied with our lives. We weren’t happy. There was a gaping void, and working 70–80 hours a week just to buy more stuff didn’t fill the void: it only brought more debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm, and depression.”

Minimalism: A Documentary | Official Trailer

See the film: minimalismfilm.com/watchHow might your life be better with less? MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.After its successful theatrical run, MINIMALISM, the #1 indie documentary of 2016, is finally available online: minimalismfilm.com

Posted by The Minimalists on Friday, January 29, 2016

 

 

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2 comments on “When Less is More Than Enough

  1. Penny Heneke

    This really struck a cord as I am so at this stage of my life – minimalism. We did the decluttering when we moved to our condo and it felt so good. I thought, however, that this was a senior’s stage of life but apparently not and a good thing too. My goal is to simplify even more and free up that precious commodity of TIME for the important things in life – family, friends and experiences.

    1. Darene

      Yep, Penny, it’s an ageless movement!

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