Will fewer possessions bring more joy? According to this documentary, less is more. After finding the TED Talk about minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, I was so excited to learn they had a documentary newly released December 2016. My husband and I watched the documentary titled: ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things’ and I wanted to share just a few notes and ideas from the show.
We as consumers are addicted to needing more. We are caught up in mindless consumption. We want to live “The American Dream”. We want to “Keep up with the Joneses”. We want, want, want, because something is missing in our lives – we are trying to fill the void with “stuff”. The problem is, “stuff” does not fill the void or as our previous President Jimmy Carter said, “Things don’t satisfy our longing for meaning.”
More and more people are starting to find the joy in deliberately living with less. After all, there has got to be more to life than going to work to earn money, to buy things you are going to either pay to store, or not be home to use, because you are at work earning money to pay for them – it’s a vicious cycle! Watch the documentary and see what the featured minimalists have discovered. Could you be happier with less? What if every item you owned brought you joy? Can you imagine loving every piece of clothing in your closet? Why do we keep things we don’t love? Minimalism would say that every item you own should serve a purpose and bring you joy. How many items can you see right now from where you sit that do not fit this description? It may just be time to get rid of a few things!
By doing so, you may too become acquainted with what brings true joy in life. Imagine more time for family and friends and less time at work. Picture yourself working less hours per week, having less debt and more time and money to travel or participate in a hobby. Wouldn’t house cleaning be simpler with less – and who wouldn’t want less laundry???
Curious to see what minimalism is like? Watch the documentary – you’re going to love it!