Thursday, July 4, 2013

Adopting a Minimalist Attitude

The more you give, the more you get.  It's a common enough saying and I believe it's true.  But what if I'm trying to give AWAY and not GET anything.  Previously I had decided to sell my dining room table as part of our move to a smaller house.  No one wanted the table at $300 despite an awesome Craigslist post (if I do say so myself).

So, I've decided to give it away.  The table will be dropped off at a local Teen Challenge shop near us and with that decision, I noticed I've adopted a minimalist attitude toward everything else.

The give-away pile is growing quickly and I am feeling lighter with each item I add.  It's been an interesting experience, to say the least.  What I once thought was so important holds less appeal and it's not even about the thought of having one less box to move (mostly).

It's really been about expansion and experience.  I'm giving away to expand and I'm finding I no longer need the bells and whistles that were a must-have before.  There is no holding back any longer.  Nice leather jacket - gone!  Hardly used BBQ utensils - gone!  Ceramic vases from Germany - gone!

And I feel, in some way, I'll be helping out someone else for who these will be true treasures.  One of my give-aways may make someone smile.  I'll never know and it won't even matter.  I can feel the expansion in my heart and I am more clear about my connection to the Universe as a result.  

I still believe the Universe will return more to me in some form, however, as I align with the flow of my life as it is evolving, what will be returned will likely be something I cannot even imagine right now.

In the meantime, I am embracing this minimalist phase, savoring the few things I am keeping and really appreciating their value to me.  I may choose to embellish and add back a few things down the road but, right now, I'm pretty ecstatic with what I have.

Life is good and all is well!

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more but in developing 
the capacity to enjoy less.   ~Socrates