Ten years ago, I was introduced to a word and a lifestyle that changed my life forever. I was introduced to minimalism and the reality that by owning less, I could live more.
As we began removing physical possessions that we did not need from our home and life, we suddenly found more money, more time, more focus, more energy, less stress, and more opportunity to pursue our greatest passions in life.
During the process, I discovered a life-changing principle:
Addition by subtraction.
That when we remove the things from life we do not want, we make more room for the things in life we do.
And when we remove the things from life we do not need, we create space for the things in life we do.
This is a principle that extends beyond physical possessions—it has impact in countless other areas of life as well.
In a recent issue of Simplify Magazine, ASU Economics Professor Kelvin Wong wrote about Opportunity Cost and the significance of it in our daily lives. “Every choice we make comes with a cost, even those that are monetarily free, since even our time or energy can be put to alternative uses.”
Our lives are finite. We have a limited amount of money, and time, and energy, and space. And we only get one chance to live our best life. What we decide to allow in has a profound impact on its direction.
In fact, one of the most important decisions you will ever make in life is deciding what is most important in life.