A Little More With A Little Less
Updated: Jan 10
How much is enough?
How much money, how many clothing items, shoes, cars and investments do you need? Where do you draw the line?
I’ve often wondered why it was we accumulated so many things? Is it just marketing, power, status? Are we being sold a lie, are we that gullible?
Are we looking for comfort in ‘things’, some kind of re-assurance?
I’m not a psychologist so I won’t assume I have the hard facts to answer all those questions, but I do think that a life lived with purpose, probably doesn’t need so many things.
Some may associate purpose with fame and fortune, others perhaps with family and friends.
But if we were to dig a littler deeper, how then do we get to the bottom of what it is that truly drives us?
Why are we here, what are we trying to accomplish and why?
Is it only purely survival, to try and live as long as we can and that’s it, for no reason, or is there more to it?
Perhaps there is no purpose?
If there is a point of 'truth' where we can all probably agree, it’s the fact that we all die in this life, at the very least, thats something that's difficult for anyone to deny.
So if we all die and we don’t take anything with us – what’s the point of it all?
It’s only when we understand our purpose that we begin to understand what serves it and what doesn’t.
Even if you believe there is no purpose, then having a strong sense of purpose will serve you well, as ultimately, it will give you a sense of clarity and direction.
Only then, can you start shedding the excess, those added layers and distractions that get in the way of getting to the heart of what really, truly matters.
Your purpose, or what you ultimately value, becomes a reference point by which you measure your decisions and assign priorities.
I’ve come to the realisation that the more I have, the more there is to worry about and the more I worry about things, the less time, energy, attention I have to actually live life.
I believe by having less, I gain so much more, I feel lighter, a little freer; I am able to do meaningful work and make every moment count for something.
I have more time all of a sudden and more money. I’m not so rigid in my thoughts or actions, I am more flexible, adaptable and I'm just less attached to things that really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things.
I am no longer expending so much energy on holding on or keeping up.
It really is in the letting go where I am allowed to refocus my time, my money and energy towards living my life with greater intention.
So there you go, try getting by with a little less and maybe you'll make some space for that little bit more you've been missing.