Life can be busy and hectic. Life can be expensive. Life can be ugly. Life can be sad. Life can be overwhelming. Simplifying helps.
We all need to ask a very basic question of ourselves.
Instead of saying "do I need this?" - ask yourself "can I do without this?" We all need need things that SERVE us well - not necessarity less - just well serving. Does it bring you joy?
Bigger is not always better and more is not always better. We have all been brainwashed to view consumption as normal. We are bombarded with that 24/7. Radio commercials, TV commercials, ads in magazines, ads on the computer...…. buy, buy, buy.
I am not saying you have to do without. I just think we can all do with less and have only what is right for us! Be mindful. Find joy in what you have - and use what you have - and love what you have.
1. Less clutter. Clutter is just a distraction and it is something else you have keep up . Love it and use it or give to someone that can. We can all bless others with our excess stuff. Your stuff does not MAKE you - your heart and your actions MAKE you.
2. You can say NO! You do not have to go to all events all the time. We all need our down time and alone time. Nurse your energy. Use your energy for your passions, for your interests, for your people, for yourself. Don't feel like you have to be busy all the time - it is OK to just be!
3. Life is not going to go as you planned many times!!!!! Trust me - I know. You have to learn to adjust your plans and go in a new direction. Trust your decisions. We all meet detours and have to change our path.
4. Turn off the TV. Turn off social media. Turn off the computer. Walk away from drama. These things can rob you of joy and seep into your brains and cause sadness and depression. Negativity is distructive - not only to you, but those around you. We all know that person who is perpetually negative, and they steal your joy and happiness. Stay away - walk away - it's OK. Life is too short for that. Take your joy and happiness where you can. DO NOT let others deprive you of that.
It takes time. We can each take steps to simplify our lives. Living simply isn't just about money and stuff - it is so much more.
It is about peace of mind, flexibility, more energy, more space, more time (to enjoy), less distractions and clutter, less drain on resources, less drama and less frustrations.
Who doesn't want these things? We all do.
We all want to be happy. Things don't always work out the way we plan, so we have to find new things to make us happy. It's OK - that is part of the journey of life.
Design the life you want to live - and then go for it.
Living simply can be bliss and beautiful. Make the choice!