We have a constant desire to acquire more. More clothes, more jewelry, more furniture, more food, more shoes, more friends, more money.
Need vs. want.
Quantity vs. quality.
I have realized that no matter how many items or people I have in my life, there are the few favorites that I truly rely upon. I have chosen my favorite sweatpants, my most comfortable pair of jeans, my softest hoodie, and my brightest Nike kicks (notice there is no mention of business clothes)…I have picked out my favorite earrings, my most versatile flip-flops, and my most breathable summer dress. There are many days when I can’t settle on anything in my closet and I mindlessly throw on my favorites for ease or a confidence boost.
The same principle goes for people. There are millions of humans in this world, but for each of us there is someone out there who knows us better than we know ourselves. This is what we should hope to find and sustain – an amazing friendship; one great love; the extreme beauty in loyalty, trust, faith, and simplicity. Why do we constantly search for more if we have already found what we need?
Do we want variety? Search for intriguing and complex, rather than one-dimensional.
Do we want to prove our success to others? Search inward, not outward.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~ Henry David Thoreau
It is obvious that only having one shirt or one pair of pants is both unrealistic and unhygienic, but this idea of simplicity forces us to reevaluate our purchasing habits and life choices. I have moved apartments an average of once a year for way too many years, so simplicity has been forced upon me. I have narrowed my closet, thought twice about every purchase, and as a result have a thicker wallet (minus all of my graphic design tuition bills) and guilt-free mind. It has also reminded me to focus on the importance of the amazing friendships I have developed, and to make an effort to stay connected regardless of where I have settled down.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury…to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind. ~ Albert Einstein
With all of that said, I can always do with more travel. I have consciously decided that will be my one splurge. But I challenge you to simplify your life. Daily practice will reduce the clutter and noise. You will find…well…a simple peace.