Over the past year, I have attempted to live a more minimalistic life – a process of eliminating that which doesn’t matter from my life to make space for that which matters.  In the pursuit of gaining more knowledge on the subject, I was recently reading another blog; the author is an advocate of minimalism.

Crew Spence wrote an essay titled After minimalism which made me ponder the goal or “end state” of minimalism. Once one has eliminated their physical possessions to the bare minimum, what is next?

Maximalism is the concept or process of adding things into one’s life that bring value, things that truly matter. By making space in our lives through eliminating that which doesn’t matter, we now have time, energy, and resources to pursue those things that are most important to us. For many it starts with breaking the addiction to consumerism – a steady diet of consuming, shopping, purchasing, comparing, media-believing, political listening, etc., etc.

My focus will be to embrace and add to my life the good, valuable, beneficial, and lasting.

  • Serving one another in love
  • Being observant of the needs of the people in my life
  • Expanding and deepening my connections
  • Ordering my private world so that I am healthy, capable, and available to engage the people in my life
  • Writing – using words to record and express all the thoughts and observations that pass through this mind inside this human unit know as “me”
  • Music – singing, playing, listening, dancing (which I believe is a bodily expression of music)
  • Conversation – speaking and engaging is at the core of our humanness.

This last item is very significant to me.  As a born introvert, conversation is not something that comes easily for me.  I deeply ponder concepts in the mind, yet find it difficult to discuss my thoughts in a verbal fashion.

However, we are all meant to be in conversation and dialogue with our fellow humans.  We are the only creatures on earth with the ability of spoken communication.  We have built a society that detracts from that or offers “artificial” forms of communication. I need to be in dialogue – to discuss that which is important. This is one of my purposes for The Hill of Beans – to start a conversation.

Conversation is something that matters to me, and I will use minimalism in my life as a tool to allow me to focus on this during the remainder of my days here on earth.

Minimalism helps create space which allows us to give attention to that which is valuable, beneficial and most interesting to you.

Minimalism gives one tools to cut off the noise of the world which demands more and more of our attention to trivial matters – new cars, updated furniture, the latest fashion, the sleekest iPhone. None of these things makes one a better person, nor gives you time to focus on that which is truly important.

Clear out the junk in your life (minimize), and then fill up the space (maximize) with that which is truly important; the things that matter most to you.

How about you? Is there anything that you would prefer doing (maximizing) if you could make space in your life through minimalism?


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