A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with, but how efficiently we can put first things first.
I'm so pleased to introduce my new book Resilient: How Minimalism Helps You Cope With the Challenges of Life, available now on Amazon. I cannot explain the problems that arose publishing this book under its original title (Everything to Gain), because for the life of me, I can't understand them myself! I'm chalking it up to the disruptions of COVID-19, and to the apparently reduced staff at Kindle Direct Publishing. Resilient (with a gorgeous cover photo by my husband Jon) is currently available in the Kindle edition and will soon (I HOPE!) be available in paperback as well.
Because of the issues surrounding publication, I was actually able to add more material and to reshape what I had originally planned for this book, and I'm even happier with the final result.
All of us are uncertain about the future, but minimalism can help us deal with whatever might come next.
Living at full capacity is exhausting, and it makes us less effective. When a phone or computer gets close to its limits, it may start acting strangely. Apps may close without notice, crashes are more frequent, the battery drains more quickly.
We are the same. When we're overloaded and overwhelmed, our energy is drained. We have less patience and flexibility. We're so bogged down by what we've accumulated in the past that we have no heart for what comes next.
When we let ourselves get frazzled and distracted by too much stuff and busyness, we're left with less energy to cope, let alone find peace in adversity. But if we choose to live with less clutter, busyness, debt, and stress, something amazing happens. While before we could barely keep up, now we have the capacity to focus, to pay attention. We can use our precious resources of time and energy in ways that bring us the greatest fulfillment.
The answer to lightening your physical and mental load isn't more square footage, a smart gadget, or a better organizing system. It's found when you look closely at what takes up your space, time, and energy and offload all of the excess.
When you know your priorities, it's easier to discard the things that don't support them, whether that's clutter in your closets, bloat in your budget, or commitments on your calendar.
When you know what really matters to you, and make those things the focus of your life, you're not bogged down with minutiae. You've gained the capacity to be resilient – to learn, adapt, and resourcefully deal with problems and setbacks.
That's true freedom.
Consider: What are your "first things"? Do your daily choices reflect them?
Photo © Jon Trefzger