A Simple Approach to Living With Less

All You Need Is Love

I just learned that the father of a dear friend of mine is entering hospice care. He has been fighting cancer for awhile now but he will soon be free from his pain. It’s at a time like this that reality slaps me in the face that so much of life is spent on things that don’t matter. What should matter most is time spent with our loved ones cultivating relationships and making memories that last.

One of my biggest motivations for choosing minimalism is to focus on priorities and get rid of the rest. I can’t think of a bigger priority than the people in your life that you love. In the end, a cluttered house doesn’t really matter. Being punctual for every appointment won’t give you any extra time. Getting that promotion at work won’t make your kids love you any more.

How would today be different if you knew one of your loved ones wouldn’t be here tomorrow? The truth is that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. Do the people in your life know how much you care about them? Maybe it’s time you gave them a call, delivered them a hug, or even sent them a quick note. I’m willing to bet someone just popped into your head that you should reach out to today. Don’t let that thought pass without doing something about it.

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” – Mother Theresa

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Article originally published on 10/21/2010

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  1. Amen.

    My father passed 5 years ago this month-in hospice. Very timely post for me. EVERYDAY we should try to remind ourselves what is truly important to us in ALL our dealings with people (not just family)

    Blessings to you, Faith
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  2. And that reminds me of me having an car accident this summer which made me think about life and how little we are and how we can pass away in every single moment. I’m grateful I’m sooo alive and I try to enjoy every moment of my life that is. I stopped making worries over nothing, even if that “nothing” is much more than just…nothing. Because I’ve learn that all things come with an purpose and we should strive to discover it in any way. Open your eyes. Breath the air. Smile.

    Crisa from Romania, Europe

    PS. I think we all shold go back to minimalist. That’s why I’m going to continue to “refresh” my house in every way and get ride of everything that is not necesary. Thank you very much!

  3. Exactly. This is exactly what I have been learning. This last year when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, that is one of the things that I decided – no more clutter! I have six children (ages 11, 7, 5, 3, 2, 11 mos). The odds are not great that I will be here with them for five years. Of course every situation is unique, but it really makes me think about how I want to be spending my time. Certainly I don’t want to spend my time moving around clutter inside my house! So many memories to make, so many lessons to learn with and to teach my children, so much love to give to my loved ones. No time for clutter. I just had a garage sale this last weekend, and I can’t wait to get more out of my house so I have more time to do what I really value. Thanks for your post.

  4. Karen (Scotland) says:

    My husband and I are constantly thankful for our health and good fortune as we have been so “lucky” in our lives so far together, especially when I hear stores from other people.
    Clearing the clutter to have more (relaxed) time and energy for my family and friends is the biggest motivation for me. Sure, I like a tidy house and being organised but that’s not the final point I am aiming for.
    Thanks again for a post that confirms minimalism is the way to go.
    Karen (Scotland)

  5. Faith Janes says:

    Thank you all. I really appreciate your thoughts and insights.

  6. Faith-

    Great, thoughtful, post. You’re so right…it all boils down to appreciation for all the things that REALLY matter. There’s just no room in a happy life for junk, bad memories, grudges, etc. They are just weights that hold you back.

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