What are your first thoughts when you think of minimalism?
There are likely some who think of it as an image – that minimalists usually dress a certain way or live in a certain kind of home. Be it those who dress-up in monochrome-coloured clothing, those who own a ‘hipster’ study-area or dressers with that designer lamp (that’s actually hard to clean), or those who have calligraphy artwork on their white-walls.
Don’t get us wrong. We love our black & white outfits, we like nice (but practical) decorations that evoke joy, and the wife enjoys calligraphy.
However, we have been thinking and getting more and more convinced that minimalism is not an outward image, nor is it just how to deal with belongings and to declutter.
Minimalism is a mindset.
We are learning how to apply this in our lives a little more every single day. How, you may ask?
1) Minimalism towards people.
Don’t freak out guys – we aren’t encouraging you to cull the friends in your life; although it isn’t a wise choice to have to maintain too many circles of friends, if it is eating up too much of your time, energy and money.
We mean this, and also quoting one of our favourite preachers of late: People (and the bonds you’ve created with them) are the only “thing” that you can take to Heaven.
This also serves as a reminder for us. To recognize that people are so important and to treasure those whom you love and those who love you, over your work, your hobby, and whatever else you prioritise so highly. Love love love people. They aren’t stuff. They are God-breathed beings. They are not a means to an end.
2) Minimalism towards time.
What are you spending most of your time on daily? The wife learnt this early on in her career from her first boss after University, which is to spend the first few parts of her day in the office (mainly because she goes to work early) to improve a skill or read up to learn something…anything. Her boss’ point was not to get caught up in the “doing” of the job, but to grow as a person and offer value to your clients (and the people around you). Even if it is 5-10 minutes a day. Don’t get caught up in the rat-race.
Besides consciously looking into growing yourself, what are you giving priority daily? Is it staying that extra one hour working every day and convincing yourself that there’s no choice, or forcing yourself to head home to have a decent face-to-face conversation with a family member (granted, we have busy work seasons). Bluntly speaking and this won’t be the first time you hear this: If it’s your last day on earth, will you have any regrets when it comes to how you had spent your time?
3) Minimalism towards money.
Money is amoral, it isn’t evil, but the love of money is evil. Use money and love people, not the other way around. Make money work for you!
- Buy a colleague coffee or a meal. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
- Pay your credit card bills on time and chalk up the card benefits.
- Record your daily expenses (yes guys, this has helped us greatly in being aware of our monthly expenses.)
- Save up for something that you love, instead of buying many items that you don’t actually like.
- Buy insurance – we cannot begin to emphasize how important and selfless this is towards your loved ones.
We hope that this has inspired you a little bit, as it serves as a reminder-post for us.
If you’ve read till here, you’re awesome! 🙂 Thank you. 😉