“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
I love reading about minimalist interior design, I really do. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.
I look at pictures of minimalist apartments, and work spaces, and decluttering. I watch interior design shows. And when I read about and watch this stuff on TV, inevitably I want to try it. I’m only human.
You’ve done this too, probably. You might read a review of some new software that will help you create, or a new fashion style or some cool shoes or beautiful furniture or the newest iPad, or the latest iPhone app. Or maybe you’re a minimalist and read someone’s barefoot running article, or how they’re living out of a backpack, and want to try that.
It’s a trap.
We’re endlessly looking at how others do things, for inspiration and ideas, and that’s okay, but we end up wanting to try those things too. That sounds harmless until you realize that you’ll buy almost anything because someone wrote about it and made it sound amazing. You’ll live a life of an endless series of purchases because of what other people are doing. And it never ends.
Even if you don’t buy stuff, you’ll change your life endlessly, based on what others are doing. You’ll give up your couch, you’ll stop buying Ikea furniture, then give up your cell phone, then give up your computer, then start doing yoga, then become a Zen monk, then create a tech startup. Those things are amazing, sure … but when does it ever end?
When do we ever feel content with the life we’re living?
If you look to the lives of others, you’ll always find yourself lacking.
Comparisons are always unfair. We typically compare the worst we know of ourselves to the best we presume about others.
You can control one life— your own. When we constantly compare ourselves to others, we waste precious energy focusing on other peoples’ lives rather than our own.
Look instead at what you have, and be grateful.
You have achieved things in your life. Your own little successes and you have people who love you and need you.
We need to focus more on being be content. We have to learn how live deliberately, with purpose and we have to learn how to be happy in life.
When you achieve this, your life of striving for perfection, for the future, will become a life of balance, of the moment, of inner peace.
My minimalist lifestyle:
“I have everything I need right now”
The freedom found when you stop comparing your life to other is entirely worth the effort.
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