Simplify: Why Minimalism is a Tool, Not a Goal

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

-Confucius

The problem with writing about minimalism is that, if you’re being honest, there there isn’t that much to write about. Have less, better quality stuff. Do fewer, more meaningful things. Have a small inner circle of close relationships. Curate your life to include only what you need and what you value. Clutter distracts you from what’s important.

Writing about minimalism is like being a chef and writing about your stove. Yes, it’s a necessary tool. You can’t do what you do without it. I mean, you can, but it severely limits your possibilities. But the stove isn’t the point. The stove is a means to an end. It’s important to know how it works, and to maintain it, but on its own it’s a fairly limited and boring topic.

The word simplify is not only in my tag line (simplify – create – thrive), it’s very firmly at the start of that mini-manifesto. It’s where everything begins. Before I can sit down to create, I need to clear my mind, my workspace, and my schedule. In order to thrive, I need to have the resources and the space for the things that I need and want in my life. Even when I’m not writing directly about minimalism, understand that it’s an element that is present in everything that I do.

 

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