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THE MINIMUM WEEKLY #9

In the weeks between winter and spring, the temperature cracks a few degrees higher and brings the falling rain along with it. Great deluges crash at the windows as the TV echoes it’s ever-dramatic news stories.

The minimum weekly is a sum-up of this week’s highlights on the minimum man, a way to quickly catch up if you’re more of a short-form reader, or if you’re just looking for another dose of all things minimalism and self-development. Here’s this week’s best parts:

Minimalism & Identity

If you removed objects from your life until only the most significant things were left, what would your life look like? Choosing to minimise can help you understand yourself. It doesn’t always have to be a physical exercise in decluttering, sometimes it can be a mental one. How we imagine ourselves to be isn’t exactly how we are. But, in trying to find our values, and in understanding what is important to us, we can minimise the gap between who we are, and who we think we are.

Reflecting on Experiences with Non-Minimalists

As a minimalist, it’s not too difficult to surprise non-minimalists. One backpack of possessions, one duffle bag of everything you own. It all seems like a wild, new world for the average person who ships ten boxes along with them every time they move. It’s tempting to try to get non-minimalists to understand, to try and preach the vague gospel of minimalism to others in the hope that it can change their lives, too. Instead, though, it’s about coexisting- it’s about recognising that minimalism isn’t for everyone, sometimes you won’t understand their stories, and sometimes they won’t understand yours.

On Knowing Yourself

We think we should know ourselves, a huge part of self-development rests on our ironically egotistical understanding of US. We’re pushed from an early age to figure out who we are, and stick to it. We try and form our lives around this concept of who we are, we become stuck in it, until someday we feel like we’re in a cage of our own making. We think of ourselves in the context of others, who we work for, how we can please people, who we need to be for our family. But we need to slow it all down, we have to learn to be our own friend. To see our successes and our flaws and to find the compromise between who we are and who we want to be- that’s how to know yourself.

What have you enjoyed in the last week? What do you hope to accomplish in the next?

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