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A few weeks ago we watched Minimalism: a documentary about the important things, with the Peaceful Tribe Facebook group.
We live in a world of consumption
One thing that resonated with me was how electronics, furniture, and anything that we buy is built in a way that it won’t last forever. Therefore, we buy and buy over and over the same objects every few years.
I remember my grandfather trying to change the broken input cable from an external hard-drive that I had a few years ago. The manufacturer made it in a way that you couldn’t change the input. The only way to fix the broken hard-drive was to get a new one instead of simply changing one small cable.
I remember him getting upset about how things are now built in a way so you can’t fix them and have no choice but replacing them with a new one.
My grandfather was good at fixing things, he loved finding old bicycles and make them work for us to play. We had a plastic tractor, 1 small and 1 medium electric motorcycle, and bicycles in different sizes for all of my cousins!
Only now I realize that my grandfather was a great example of intentional living. Instead of buying new, he took broken things and gave them a second life to share with his family.
Lessons From Minimalism: a documentary about the important things
- People are spending money faster than they are earning it
- People are trying to buy happiness
- We live in an illusion that our life should be perfect
- The American dream is not for everybody
- You can’t control making more money but you can control spending less
- There’s more to life than bills, money, and work
- Check out project 333 to live with fewer clothes
- Meditation is about finding well being in the present moment
- We are always distracted by things like phones etc, and meditation is an antidote to these distractions
- Human identity should be defined by what one does and not what one owns
- We think we need those things because we’ve been told we needed them by society
- Minimalism is about questing for a life that is good for yourself and the people around you
- When you get something new you should ask yourself: is this adding value to my life?
- Love people and use things, because the opposite never works
Letting go of things
Watching the documentary motivated me to do a minimalist challenge. My home is now clutter free!
Okay, I still have a bit of room for improvement but I am proud of where we are now. It feels so good to go from one room to another and not see clutter!
One of the biggest changes is in my closet, I am now doing a seasonal capsule wardrobe, it helps me to become more confident and less stressed in the morning when I am running late and I need to get clothes really fast (almost every day :D)
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Over to you
Did you watch the documentary? What did you learn from it? Share your takeaways in the comments!
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