20 Ways Minimalism Will Make You Stronger
Live simpler. Live stronger.
Do you ever feel that there are forces working against your pursuit of simple? Like, the more you intend to simplify the harder life gets? I do, and it was never clearer to me than when my husband’s truck was hit by a driver running a red light on January 2.
He and the other driver are okay, but the truck is not. It’s been in the shop since and we’ve been dealing with insurance claims and chiropractor appointments and a rental car. What struck us most (pun intended), wasn’t the complicated insurance policies or the inconvenience of being a vehicle down until the rental came through – it was that the day before, New Year’s Day, we had a conversation about our hopes and ideas for 2018.
Life Happens; Simplify
As our kids traipsed through Disneyland with Grandma, we had a rare day and a half to ourselves at home. We decided to spend our New Year’s Day at the Embarcadero, one of San Diego’s tourist attractions along the picturesque harbor. It was cool, windy, and beautiful – as it is almost all year round. It’s places like this that we often find ourselves dreaming together, weaving our hopes and gifts and plans into a faith-filled tapestry of which we let go, and let the ocean wind carry it to the heavens.
2018 was prayed over, blessed, and consecrated that day. We believed the simple, intentional, and mountain-moving year just beginning to dawn would be the year we conquer goals, start new adventures, and surrender our wills to “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”. We still believe it, but I’ll be honest and say that the very next morning when I got the call that my husband had been in an accident less than half a mile down the road, it felt like a big dent in our plans.
Because life happens. And we can simplify and minimize and slow down but we can’t make people stop at red lights or change family members who irritate us or stop tumors from growing. Sometimes, life gets complicated all on its own.
And we simplify still. We simplify because.
We Are Made Stronger
Minimalism makes us stronger and more equipped to handle hardship. It’s a strengthening by removal of the things that make us indecisive, distracted, and living beyond our means.
The stuff – the decluttering, donating, capsule wardrobes, and sparking joy – it’s only the beginning of a minimalist life. There’s a lot of freedom in letting go of physical possessions and creating space in your home and life, and there’s even more when simplicity becomes a way of life. It becomes about your soul.
“The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions.” Parker J Palmer
The simple life is the condition for quiet, inviting, and trustworthy. It’s where the soul speaks.
Minimalism gives our soul room to breathe, space to rise, and a voice to the truth about who we are, what matters most, and that most of what we thought mattered doesn’t. All of the stuff – the clutter we don’t know what to do with, the activities that we can’t say no to, the constant feeding on other people’s opinions and status updates – once we get free from that, we uncover the strength to handle struggles we never thought possible.
We don’t know how much stronger we are capable of being until we stop giving our strength to unnecessary and unworthy things.
So, then, how do we create conditions that are quiet, inviting, and trustworthy for our soul? How do we become stronger in simplicity for hardships and complications?
We simplify beyond our stuff. It looks different for everyone, but here are some ways we become stronger in the simple life.
20 Ways Minimalism Will Make You Stronger
You learn to make hard decisions.
You learn to prioritize your life and set boundaries.
You define your lifestyle on your own terms, not by culture.
You uncover misguided motives.
You narrow your focus and stop wasting time.
You let go of the unnecessary, even when it’s unpopular.
You learn the power of doing without.
Your self-worth is inherent and constant, not based on opinion or treatment of others.
Your circumstance doesn’t define you.
Your stuff doesn’t define you.
You love deeper when you remove the things you don’t love.
You choose peace in the storm.
You love your own life and don’t concern yourself with their’s.
You’re grateful. Always.
You choose vulnerability because you desire presence over perfection.
You face fears of scarcity and wait for God’s provision.
You make time and space to pursue your gifting and purpose.
Your choices become intentional and practical, eliminating distraction.
You slow down and savor moments.
You invite strength by rejecting the things which steal it.
Minimalism is a refining tool making us stronger every time we accept the invitation to simplify, to choose less.
The hardships we face, the unexpected car accidents and otherwise, test our character being built up through our perseverance to choose the simple and the soul. It’s the proof of our faith in the One who is our true strength.
Just Getting Started?
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