Happy Mani’s Day
This spring I plan on doing some genuine spring cleaning as in – if I haven’t used it since I have been in the new apartment then I probably don’t need it. There are going to probably be some of those nostalgic exceptions but one of my side B philosophies is minimalism. It really boils down to two things: 1) Do I need it, and does it give me joy. These things mean I get rid of a lot of things.
The philosophy extends to a review of things like my routine as well. Keeping those simple an streamlined is all part of minimalism as well. Life gets complicated enough on its own without my own decisions adding to it. It is the two questions of whether I have need of something and whether it makes me happy are applied to everything.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
“Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens first.”
This is probably the one part of my philosophical outlook that directly looks at needs and wants. Need being a true need for something. This is true of routine, stuff or relationships. Do I genuinely need this? If the answer is ‘yes’, it stays.
The other question is: Does this give me joy or happiness? Is this something that I genuinely want and not some outside imposed want? This keeps my wants in line and allows me to focus on what truly matters.
This is the reasonableness of minimalism. It is probably the best thing I even embraced as far as keeping my time and money under control. Probably though another layer is added with efficiency as far as economics but that is the subject of the next weeks ‘Of Wolves and Ravens’.
I have found great wisdom in the peace of mind that happens when the abundance on tuff is not central but rather having one’s money and time under complete control. It simply true wisdom that leads to more focus on what matters to me.
This spring I will probably dedicate a couple days to going through everything. I have a couple day weekend with my wife gone for both says so that seems like a great time to go through everything again. Time to find peace in minimalistic simplicity
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.