We attribute meaning to the insignificant things and miss out on the significant things. By us living simply, the simple life as I call it, we can choose to put the right emphasis on aspects of our lives that bring about peace, harmony and stability.
Sadly, we accumulate things, things have become a religion substitute to those who like material things. We are no longer defined by our thoughts, but by things. We are defined by what we have rather than by who we are. More money, fancy cars, have replaced us even thinking, or contemplating emotional and spiritual growth.
But where emotional and spiritual growth will catapult us into a healthier place, money and fancy cars, will only ever temporarily satisfy our needs. The more we have a need to want and buy nice things, the more we will overlook the more important things.
Also, where we may seek to fulfill our desires, we ignore the fact that those things are insatiable. It is easy to understand what happens when you put things before emotional and spiritual growth. Things can never replace how you feel emotionally, unless you’re already healed. For a finite time, you may begin to feel better, but that certainly won’t last.
Ownership of possessions, the simple life a life without things, will allow you to get rid of the junk, the noise and the excess you’ve spent a life capitalising on. The older we get the more we want to trade in superficiality for simplicity, gratitude and mindfulness.
The process will help us cultivate a sense of appreciation for our life rather than the clutter we accumulate. It will also help us to understand that we already have what we need to be happy, satisfied and fulfilled.