The main reason I became a minimalist was to live in the moment. To be present with my family and friends.
Too many times I would be with my family, but my mind would be elsewhere. Often on the cluttery surfaces surrounding us, the kitchen that needed serious work, the unfinished craft projects and all those unread self-help books that were supposed to change all that.
It took me many years to declutter to the extent that I needed and wanted and when I finally did, I had to learn to live in the moment.
There wasn’t anything left on my to-do list. The kitchen was clean, the surfaces surrounding us were clear and everything was put away.
But I still wasn’t present.
I had been so used to my mind being other places, I didn’t know how to live here and now and be with my family.
I’m a busy person. I enjoy working and I enjoy having projects in progress. I love goals and getting things accomplished.
I had to shift my goals- from decluttering and cleaning, to just being. I have my routines, and after they are done I have to tell myself that it’s time to sit and be.
The most difficult part of that for me, is I was so used to doing, it was uncomfortable to just be.
I still have to remind myself that I am where I want to be. I know that building a strong relationship with those in my life is my purpose.
I have to shut the computer down and turn off my phone.
It takes a lot of effort to let go of those distractions.
Living with intentionality isn’t always easy. The draw of social media is strong and feels so much more rewarding than just sitting and being.
But being is more important.
Be that example.
Sip your coffee and watch the sunrise… without your phone.
Do things that you enjoy- garden, draw, read, hike, fish.
Our culture is so consumed with technology, that it’s hard to turn it off. Sometimes it can even feel like withdrawal symptoms. But work through it.
It’s not always exciting either. Life isn’t one thrill after another. It’s simple and not always entertaining. But it’s important.
Be content to just be.
Have you made it a point to turn off technology? How has it impacted your life? Let me know in comments below.
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