When I started blogging about simplifying, I knew there were established simplifying/minimalist bloggers out there. They are excellent writers with thousands of followers. Some of them give TED talks.
I decided to blog anyway, if only to keep myself honest to the three friends who are reading this. But I wish my blog were more. More interesting. More insightful. More useful.
Part of the problem is this: moving from a house to a smaller, but still plenty spacious, condo and getting rid of a bunch of stuff we didn’t really care about is not a very interesting story. Mostly it has been a lot of work.
In contrast, Courtney Carver left her corporate job to help others “be more with less” and now she’s coaching people who want to start what she calls microbusinesses. Lorilee Lippincott, who was already homeschooling her two kids, downsized with her husband to a spare one bedroom apartment and is now “loving simple living” in China. A couple in South Africa— whose goal was not to simplify but to experience and learn from the grinding poverty so many black South Africans are locked into—found a generous and strong community in a place where people had very few possessions. These writers took risks and skillfully identified elements of their experiences that others can learn and benefit from.
And that’s where I need to push myself. Tinkering at the edges is not going to result in the kinds of change I want to see in my life. Taking thoughtful risks—and having guaranteed moments of doubt and discomfort, possibly panic—is the only way to grow. When the real growing and learning starts, I think I’ll be pleased to see it reflected back in this blog.