I shared with a friend today that one of the benefits of Minimalism is that it eliminates choice. If I am minimalistic with my wardrobe, I only have a few items to choose from when I get dressed in the morning. This is why people like Mark Zuckerberg wear the same thing everyday. They wold rather spend their mental energy figuring out more important things than what to wear.
In this sense, buying a house was a minimalistic decision for my wife and me. We eliminated choice. We have set some parameters on our life and we are living within a certain framework instead of having unlimited options. I wrote yesterday that I wanted to spend the time I used to spend figuring out where I was going to live/work next and channel that life energy into writing and creative work.
There’s one more thing I want to do with this newfound margin. I want to give some of that time to God.
You could say that I should give my time to God first and that I shouldn’t just fit God into the margins. I would say you shouldn’t be giving me a hard time. 😉
I’ve spent the past few mornings reading some Scripture and writing out prayers in this little journal that I have been writing prayers in for almost twelve years. I had another prayer journal before this that I sadly left on a plane and never recovered. The first entry in this prayer journal is from November 22, 2005.
I know I’ve been using this word “margin” a lot lately. Ask yourself what you need to cut out of your life so you have more margin for the most important things. You want to channel your life energy into the things you value most, not on all that other stuff that doesn’t matter to you. If you want to chat about this, leave a comment below or feel free to send me a private message.
Clark Vandeventer is the author of unWorking, available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.