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One thought that drives minimalism

I recently had a helpful conversation online with someone I’ve never met.

I posted a post about minimalism on social media (as I normally do) and she or he responded with a comparatively common response: “I’m just afraid of eliminating something I want later.”

Of course, there aren’t any quick and straightforward answers to this fear – especially once we’ve never met. I do not know where she lives, what number of things she has, how she imagines her ideal life, and even her tendency to throw away things she’ll need later.

So I offered a typical one-sentence answer to this query: “Aren’t you afraid to carry on to more stuff than you wish?”

Her answer went something like this: “No, it is a silly thing to be afraid of. Why should I be afraid to carry greater than I want?

In her response, I used to be quickly reminded of 1 belief that motivates all minimalist pursuits:

Over there is the danger of getting more material goods than I want.

The specifics of this motivation may vary from individual to individual.

For example, we’d think:

  • Having too many things prevents me from spending quality time with my family.
  • Having too many things prevents me from achieving financial freedom.
  • Having an excessive amount of means I can not share with others.
  • Having an excessive amount of is a threat to the environment.
  • Having an excessive amount of means my priorities are within the unsuitable place.
  • Having too many things slows down my faith journey.
  • Having too many things deprives me of the chance to pursue greater passions.

The specific motivation may change, however the overarching understanding stays the identical:

This is the bulb moment that motivates minimalism.

Over there is the danger of getting greater than I want:

Danger of losing one’s life chasing after things that do not matter.

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