Gratitude

That about sums it up.

We can get so caught up in the chase for the next thing to fulfil us, make us happy, make us complete.  When maybe all we need is to show a little gratitude for what is already around us.

Even in my new quest to find a ‘simpler’ life I find myself thinking I need to buy more, do more, have more.  I read a blog about making homemade cleaners and automatically think that I need to go out and buy some pretty supplies to make my new cleaners in, or I feel that to grow some food myself I need to set up a fully functioning kitchen garden straight away… preferably one that can be gazed upon from the kitchen sink in my expansive, perfectly decorated farmhouse in the country.  I need to stop and remind myself that if I want to really benefit from some of the joys of building a simple home life I need to learn to be grateful for what I already have and begin there.  I can get some fantastic ideas from others about how to incorporate new things into my life, but I don’t need to do it all, and I don’t need to have it all.

I’m not sure how I ran into Becoming Minimalist.  A happy accident in another link-clicking adventure I suppose.  But something caused me to click and then reading a little caused me to linger.  Blogger Joshua Becker’s thoughts on minimalism and mindful living struck a chord with me.  It simply made sense to me and I had a ‘I want to do this’ moment.

So I’m doing it. Slowly, slowly.  I’ve been compelled to organise things better recently, but the simple truth might be that I first need to de-own some things.  I’m piling things up at the moment, destined for a garage sale and/or donation.  It’s terrifying and freeing at the same time.  It’s amazing how you can suddenly become nervous about parting with, for example, some DVDs you haven’t watched and probably never will. And I wasn’t even much of a hoarder to begin with.

Husband is semi-on board with this project too which is helpful. It will be an interesting process determining where the line is for us in terms of minimalism, but I’m excited to start!  I hope it will help us to refocus our priorities to

-be more grateful for what we have

-focus on making memories rather than acquiring things

-live in the present

Of course, while I do hope to gain some life perspective from this, and that’s wonderfully deep and all… I mostly hope this leads to less cleaning.