Pursuit of Less
At heart, I’m a minimalist. That means I believe “less is more.”
Less is difficult.
Less demands discipline.
Less requires clarity.
Assault of More
At heart, I’m a hoarder (of mostly intangible things).
More is easy. Natural.
Technology allows/excuses more.
Follow more people on Twitter.
Subscribe to more blogs.
Say “Yes,” to more committments.
Vast sums of money are made by people who can help empower others to say “Yes,” to more and more, while never giving them an additional hour in the day, or encouraging them to first ask, “Why?”
More crowds out vital. And vital is done half-heartedly in order to make room for more.
Neverending. Always inviting.
You have 168 hours.
Split into 7 days.
The dance is learning to do the right things, not just more things.
This morning in our BBC college group we talked at length about the biblical concept/command of the Sabbath and the rest it packages. During the conversation I stated that one of the reasons I have taken such an interest in minimalism is the emphasis it brings on the “less is more” paradigm. A minimalist will pare down or simplify many areas of their lives, often including possessions and time commitments among other things. It isn’t for the purpose of asceticism, to inflict discomfort on themselves, but rather it is all about creating more space for the few things that are the most important.
I see a lot of value in the practice/philosophy of minimalism, at least to the degree that it causes me to be more aware of what is around me and what I spend my time and money on. As I have given more thought to this way of life, implementing bits of it here and there, I’ve noticed some changes I didn’t expect or strive for. One major shift for me is that I don’t really desire things like I used to. I’ve noticed this more around my birthday and Christmas when gifts are a major focus.
The really interesting and sometimes troubling thing about embracing the “less is more” paradigm is that by cutting out unnecessary things and commitments there is more time to pursue your passions.
What if there isn’t much left to fill that space?
I imagine that many people would fear this journey because they wouldn’t like what is left. They don’t know what is at the core of who they are. I like that I’m approaching this personally. It’s giving me a lot to think about. Who am I if I’m not allowed to stake my identity in my ministry?
This website is a part of my journey. I always mean to write more and this format gives me the opportunity to work out my thoughts and connect with people in longer form. I hope you will continue on with me!
For some reason we tend to accumulate things over time and more things come in than leave, so the math is pretty simple, even for someone like me. As a result, Kelly and I have been trying to thin out some of the things we have around the house.
Clothing isn’t too difficult for me to be openhanded about, though I have to be intentional. As a somewhat aspiring minimalist, I generally prefer simpler things and less things. One glaring area of hypocrisy for me is books. But that’s another story for another day.
Suffice it to say I am always a big fan of being able to round up a pile of things to donate to the local Goodwill. Just know that it’s an even bigger win when I can fill up the whole roller-cart they provide for donations. Maybe that makes me super dorky. To quote Chucky from Sons of Anarchy, “I accept that.”