The calendar flips over a day, the human-crafted concept of time pulling us into another day. Another drag of the feet towards an uncertain future, the relentless knowledge that tomorrow will come, and it will bring whatever it so decides. Sometimes a week feels like a lifetime, fraught with decisions and changes so vast that by the end of it, you’re a whole new person.
Consistency in turmoil is the only way to ensure stability. Here’s this week’s rundown of topics on the minimum man:
Reflecting on Seasonality
Seasons come and go, nature’s own concept of time pulls us from icy roads with shining frost, to cherry blossom trees blooming under the hot sun. It can be difficult to have a minimal approach when so many different options might be required for different seasons. There is no perfect combination of things which ensure that you can get through all seasons, but there are ways to be mindful in recognising what you personally find most useful- waterproof boots, sun hats, winter jackets. Being minimal is about finding what works for you, and what makes every season most enjoyable.
Enjoying Material Things
Material things. Often seen by minimalists as a flawed source of joy, something to be overcome. But material objects aren’t the enemy of minimalists. In fact, material goods can and do contribute to our lives in useful, and joyful, ways. It’s only when we are able to find joy in the present, that we can also find joy in the useful and beautiful objects which we choose to include in our lives. It’s that element of choice, of having autonomy over the material things which we own, which makes minimalism what it is- not a number of possessions, not a limitation, but a choice.
Considering Useful Purchases
If the material isn’t all bad, then it is fitting to consider potentially useful purchases for minimalists. Of course, these look different for everyone. For some, a lounge cushion with a slogan is a useful purchase, for others a notebook and pen, others might choose bamboo cutlery. ‘Useful’ is subjective, because life itself is subjective. By remembering that purchasing, and material goods, are not the enemy of minimalism, you can allow yourself to be mindful when acquiring new items which improve your life in tangible ways.
What have been the highlights of your week?
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