Making room for what matters most.
Nope, we're not talking about reducing fractions to their lowest term - that would be easier - we are talking about simplifying your life in a way that brings you back in line with your true self.
Deep down, don't we all wish there were a few things we could take off our plate to live a more meaning-filled life?
What I've come to realize is that "simplifying," is usually anything but simple, and the act of doing so is like a diet; it's not a quick fix, but a lifestyle change.
There are many steps to the process, but Brian Gardner said it best, “Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t.”
In a previous post, I refer to the things we need to eliminate as "clutter" and I list a few types that often steel our best life from us. You can read the full post here.
Physical Clutter – the stuff
Emotional Clutter – un-forgiveness, anger, worry, fear
Relational Clutter - toxic, one-sided, negative or draining relationships
Mental Clutter – over commitment, misplaced priorities, the story in your head
Financial Clutter – debt, lack of budget, insufficient insurance
Legal Clutter - estate planning, wills, legal documents
Spiritual Clutter – longing for inner peace, lack of connection with your creator
In my own personal journey, I have found inspiration from the idea of minimalism. My son and his fiancee are minimalists. Aside from basic living needs, they each own 99 possessions. While that seems a bit extreme for me, I have witnessed the simplicity in the way they do life.
While they inspired me, I needed to understand the how and why and fell across Joshua Becker, a published author and teacher on the subject. I haven't read any of his books, but I subscribe to his blog and his Podcast series, The I Simply Am.
If you're still not sure, a great place to start is exploring with No Side Bar.
If you're ready to simplify, but aren't sure where to start with prioritizing what really matters, a great read is the book Essentialism; A Discipline Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown.
Whatever you choose, have fun with it!