“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” - Henry Ward Beecher
Honey and I have been ebbing toward a minimalistic and simple lifestyle for years now. We are coming up on our tenth wedding anniversary in the spring. I can look back on the last decade and see the slow evolution of our ideals and values in this area: every time we’ve moved (8x!) I start packing and wonder “why the heck do I even own this?!”
We believe in having less so that we can live more. We choose to have less stuff in our house – less to clean, less to organize, less to sort through and eventually sell at a yard sale, or worse – send to the landfill. We choose to resist the consumeristic addiction of our culture.
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” - Socrates
In early July we made a decision to pack up and move back to our home province approximately 3,600 kilometres away. We’d been living in Tiny Town on the Canadian prairies for 2.5 years, and the time had come to uproot again.
Pack, toss, or sell?
It was the question of the summer in our house.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci
Stuff takes time. That what it boils down to for me. We’ve created a stuff-focused culture in which we shop, we consume, we sort, we organize, we clean, we de-clutter, we replace, we curate, and we collect. All of this distracts from breathe-deep-joy and real-life-living.
There are just 24 hours in a day, no matter who you are or what you do. How many of those hours are spent on things that do not add to the richness and depth of your living? Each of our answers will be different, but it is a worthy question to ponder against the backdrop of your own unique story.
This is how I plan to get rich: Find contentment in my present circumstances (even when it’s tough). Fine-tune my heart to be kind, generous, loving, and full of grace and humility. Spend time in self-improvement through relationship with my Maker.
It’s the only get-rich-quick scheme that works.