… This isn’t it.
If we’re honest with you and ourselves, this started a long time ago. It started with our leftover imagination from childhood. It started with dreams that didn’t come to fruition. It started when we were way more naive than we are now, looking and wondering at the world, thinking it was a certain way when we grew up, got a real job, got married. But life really is much different than we all thought it would be, isn’t it?
My wife and I have decided to pursue the minimal lifestyle. We’ve had enough of the debt and rent-your-heart-out game. We hung our hearts on dreams when we got married a little over 4 years ago, and those dreams died. They died, and we changed. But now we’ve had enough. Forget the status quo. We’ve gone rogue, and we won’t apologize.
This blog is our effort to take you along our journey to seek minimum and find maximum. We believe we lost something in our humanity along the path to where we are now. We grew up accepting what was and is. We lost our childlike wonder, and we want it back. Enough is enough. The system robbed us, and we’re storming the castle.
There’s more to life than all these things. The noise of stuff, and ads promoting the accumulation of more stuff, have drowned out the heartbeats all around us. People are purpose. Products are pain. As the Minimalists put it,
Love people, use things. The opposite never works.The Minimalists
So there’s more to it…
So much of humanity is rooted in a need for purpose. We go to school and church for it. We get married and have children for it. We do everything for it, whether we realize it or not. And what the search for purpose is is a search for joy.
As Blaise Pascal said,
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.Blaise Pascal
Have we hung ourselves on consumerism — an insatiable need to collect empty objects? Have we engaged in a never-ending rat race, chasing nothing more than shadows? It seems to me that a lot of people are discovering this fact lately. The world is built on many lies. Consumerism is just one of them.
Now… Just to be clear, we don’t think that minimalism will solve all our problems. But I have a sense that it will help keep us from continuing down the same old cycle of distracting ourselves from our real problems — you know, daddy issues and mommy issues and everything between, the real problems.
At the end of the day, we believe there’s a God-sized void in all human beings, and this is what drives us to the insanity of consumerist living and all other vices. And we believe the solution is simple (but not at all easy). Be happy in God.
We hope you’re inspired and challenged here. We sure have been by others who have walked out of the norm before us. We hope you’ll really think about the way you live your life and want more.
Walk down this road and discover, with us, how it all turns out.
He must become greater; I must become less.John 3:30