…and its benefits for your mind, body, and spirit
Simplification is often an underappreciated attribute. We live in a world where people tend to want more of everything. If you have it, you need to get a bigger one. If you have done it, you need to go for the more extreme experience next time. If you are going to be paying for it, you may as well go all the way and get the most expensive option.
Simplification is an idea that differs from what we generally consider as ‘normal’ in a lot of different respects. Of course, to simplify your life does not mean that you need to get rid of everything or that you need to completely empty your life. It simply means to be aware of what you have and what you are doing with your time and money. It means to do things intentionally and with a purpose.
Being more intentional about what you are doing with your time and your money can help you to balance your life in all of its facets… spiritually, mentally, and physically. Spiritually, simplifying your life can be a refreshing experience. It can give you time to do more things that you enjoy, and can help you to de-clutter your life so that you can better enjoy what things you do have.
Mentally, simplification can help you to spend more quality time with friends. It can also help to make your life much easier. Having and maintaining one vehicle instead of two, for example, could potentially lower your bills and reduce the amount of stress involved with keeping them in working order.
Physically, simplifying can give you more time, effort, and energy to focus on things that are important to you. Whether it is your business, your hobbies, or your relationships, cutting down on waste and saying no to needless accumulation can set you free from a number of different limitations.
In the end, choosing to simplify life could mean different things to different people. For some, this might mean learning to say ‘no’ when they are asked to do things that they don’t want to do. This could mean cutting back on activities that you don’t enjoy so that you can do things that you do enjoy, or it could mean cleaning out your friend list to make more room for the positive people in your life. It could also mean cutting down on expenses so that you could spend more money on your business goals.
Whatever simplification means to you, make sure that you take it into consideration this spring. Try to identify needless waste in your life and eliminate it, regardless of what form it is taking.