Although the concepts have been laid out through these and other emotional-fueled works, I have yet to express the extent of my passion for a simpler life.
I want to want less. I want less stuff in my life.
Additionally, I want to help others to do the same. I want to inspire people to pay it forward and help more others to achieve the harmony and wellness resultant from having and wanting less.
I’d like to see an unbroken chain of those who value other humans and experiences over their material possessions.
Change can be compelled by the forward march of innovation and time. Some of that change is positive, benefiting mankind. Much of it isn’t. Instead it is detrimental to society and our planet.
Others changes are chosen and opted in to, sought out and found, implemented and imprinted. These are the changes that matter most. Minimization is one such change.
Recall the last time you had to move. . .
It was nothing less than painful and laden with stress. There was so much to sort through, pack, transport, and relocate. When it was over you probably told yourself you never want to do it again.
Now think about the instance when you stood in a room in your home staring at stacks and piles of clutter. . .
Negative emotions washed over you. An overwhelming sense of helplessness, frustration, and possibly even anger bubbled up to the surface. These feelings were only exacerbated by the effort involved in purging the mess. In the end only modest bits actually disappeared.
The two examples above are experiences I’ve had personally, like countless other people. I’ve spoken to many who have experienced the same discomfort and discontent as I have.
Look to anyone who has recently lost someone close to them. Their stories of processing the deceased’s possessions are harrowing. Collections of housewares, dishes, tools, toys, cars, trinkets, and media can be found in nearly all of them.
Owning things has became the modern-day equivalent to obesity in the Renaissance age. It misguidedly signifies status and wealth. Similarly to being overweight, scarcity and an overwhelming ownership mentality are unhealthy.
Instead of all the unnecessary crap found in the modern home, we should strive for sustainability and goodwill. We need more caring, gratitude, and love in lieu of material goods. Instead of things, we need family, friends, and networking.
These are the things that should immediately follow the words need, want, and more.
Putting forth a genuine effort toward ridding oneself of the too much currently found in all of our lives is difficult, no doubt. . .So is almost anything worth doing. The payoff for resisting the urges to buy and acquire more is immense.
Finding homes for the excesses of stuff is not impossible. It just takes a bit of open-mindedness, discipline, and effort.
There are people out there who will love your used items more than you ever hoped to. You can find some of these people through local and online marketplaces or drives, where you can sell or donate your unneeded goods.
You can even find ways to re-purpose, reuse, and recycle much of it.
Finally and unfortunately, some will have to go out in the trash.
I work to become an advocate for people living lives of happiness and passion. I hope to become far more with way less. Moving On Upwards is an ideal platform to aid me in achieving and celebrating these lofty ideals.
If this vision of society lines up with your own let us know it. Use the comment link below to share your thoughts. Go to Twitter or the Moving On Upwards Facebook page to post pictures and videos from your own reductionist journey.
People want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly, so don’t be shy. Your insights may be the necessary push that will start someone else’s journey to a much fuller life of less.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Good luck.
Title photo by Jess @ Harper Sunday
Written by John Andreula
Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk