Simple living means minimizing your possessions, which means minimizing your spendings, and finding fulfillment in the simple things in life. What do you really need to be happy? Are you feeling content or do you feel like things around you pull you down?
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What does it mean to live simple?
To live simple, means to have less “stuff” and more freedom. More freedom in your thoughts and more freedom in your physical life. The less stuff you have around you, the more you can relax, unwind, and think. By eliminating the excess from your life, you get to focus on what’s important and essential, resulting in more fulfillment, more happiness and more freedom.
Having more doesn’t lead to happiness.
Shopping therapy is a temporary joy for some, but those materialistic items will not bring you joy. At the end of that temporary joy, they will bring burden. Living simple is finding joy in the simple things, being more content in solitude, in the quiet, while appreciating the moment.
Simplicity can help you feel more in control of your life. When you are surrounded by “stuff’ it’s almost feels as if they control you.
For example, when you give a child over stimulating toys they won’t focus as great. Same with adults, the more stimulation around you, the less concentrated you are. The less concentrated you are, the less control you have of your being.
Simple life means…
Less clutter, less cleaning, less time wasted. More peace, more time, more focus and more relaxation with a lot more memories.
In todays society, everything is so fast paced. With instant gratification, and ads all around us. We are trained up to go to school, get a degree, and then work for the rest of our lives until we retire. Once we retire we get to enjoy life for maybe 10 years or so. We have to go to work to pay for a house that we sleep in after work? Why do we have to live like this society? I want to enjoy my life today, I want to sit on the river with a fishing pole and enjoy the quiet.
How to start living simpler today?
- Declutter your life. Everything that drags you down. Everything you don’t use. Everything that you might someday use, sell or get rid of it. Once you get off the physical clutter around you, you will be able to declutter your thoughts and feelings as well.
- Focus on the essentials. Prioritize what is important to you and your family. Find the joys of life and actually enjoy them.
- Be more mindful. Be present in the moment and focus on what’s happening right now. This can help you appreciate the simple things in life, such as spending time with loved ones, enjoying nature, or listening to the silence.
- Be grateful and content. Find the little things in life that you are grateful for daily. Be more positive and content.
- Embrace life. A minimalist lifestyle is owning only what you need and avoiding excessive consumerism. This can help you save money, reduce stress, and live a more sustainable life.
Remember that living a simple life is a process, not a destination. It takes time and effort to simplify your life, but the rewards are well worth it. By focusing on what’s truly important to you and letting go of the rest, you can create a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and joyful. Of course, finding peace, joy, and love in Christ is the ultimate goal, but all of this decluttering will actually help you be closer to God as well!