The Joy of Less
Today I am reflecting. So much has happened in the past few weeks. If you haven’t been following our story, I will give you a quick recap.
We are officially in the 55th day of 2011. Since the beginning of the year, we have:
- started this blog
- minimized our possessions
- experienced several (though blessedly minor) health issues
- suffered job loss
- reevaluated our expenses
- immersed ourselves in our faith
- made new friends
- been given new employment
It’s been a wild and exciting ride. But even after all that, we consider ourselves wildly blessed. So much has happened and changed us, but we see nothing but positive and empowering messages. It really does make us feel so much better to see the hands of our Father moulding us and shaping our path.
Our journey into minimalism continues. As I have wandered through the house, glancing at items and thinking, “Do we need that? Do we use that? Do we love that?” I have begun to see our home as more than just a big box containing trinkets and treasures.
We have begun to understand the joy of less. We have begun to embrace our home and life, and the freedom of limitations. So far this year, I have only gone out to eat six times (including one meal that was our first date in eight months) and have only made 9 purchases that were not groceries and gas. Of those nine purchases, one was a juicer for $10, another was some new pants for Naomi, a third was a window scraper for Michael’s car, a fourth was a set of wooden shelves for our kitchen… you get the idea. Our purchases are mindful, useful, and for the most part, necessary. I can’t remember the last time we bought unnecessary clutter. No trinkets, no knick-knacks. Just useful things that will be used frequently.
And much to our joy, we have been spending more time together as a family, enjoying each other’s company. Since Michael started his new job, he has been feeling better and had more energy. Instead of zoning out in front of the television for hours, we’ve sat and talked, chased after Naomi on the floor, played games of cards and dominoes together,and in general, become a healthier, happier trio.
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