“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage.” – Elizabeth Harrison
Last May, I ran my first marathon. It was an amazing experience and I hope to repeat it again in the future. One of the highlights of the experience was the encouragement that I received from others during the race. Spectators lined the course from Mile 1 to Mile 26 – all for the purpose of watching and encouraging the competitors. It was amazing to see so many people spend their entire Sunday afternoon standing in their front yard clapping and cheering. And it was even more surprising to see some of them give their own resources to offer total strangers Gatorade, oranges, or popsicles along the route. They made the experience more enjoyable and their words of encouragement propelled many of the runners (including myself) across the finish line.
In many ways, the process of minimizing is similar to a marathon. It can be difficult and time-consuming to remove the nonessentials from our homes. The emotional parts of the process sneak up on us. And it requires endurance and self-discipline to break the trend of consumerism in our lives. But when we finish, it is truly an amazing feeling.
Encouragement can be so helpful in the minimizing process. To know that others have taken an interest in your journey and are cheering for your success can be influential and helpful (that’s why I included the principle, “Share your Story” in our first e-book). It is very comforting to know that you are not alone in the process.
To that end, would you consider offering some online encouragement to others as they begin their exciting journey towards minimalism? To get you started, each of the following 8 posts recount an individuals’ recent decision to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Each of them share a different story. Most of them are not found on blogs in the “minimalist niche.” They are just typical human beings (like you and me) who have decided to embrace a lifestyle of less. Go enjoy their stories. And as you do, leave a comment of encouragement letting them know we are all cheering for them.
- Katy, Single Supplement. “I’ll Take Cash, Please.”
- A Joy Flower, Journey to Financial Freedom. “Why Be a Minimalist?”
- Lauren, Myriad Musings. “And When You’re Living In America…”
- Carwin, Less Please. “First Things First.”
- Lesley, Life As I Know It. “Once In a Lifetime.”
- G. Lanz, Eye of the Maggot. “Becoming a Minimalist Teenager.” (Comments are closed).
- Richard, Fibonacci Faith. “The Perfect Storm: Finding Liberty in Simplicity.”
- Foy, Foy Update. “Less Stuff, More Action.”
In return, allow their stories to encourage you to live more by owning less. And remember again how exciting it is to be part of such an important movement.