Clearing The Path
Updated: Jan 3
When I speak of simplifying, decluttering or indeed even minimalism, I’m often misunderstood as if I’m making some call for you to embrace a certain type of lifestyle.
There’s a semblance of truth in that, but there’s a little more to it.
Minimalism is not ‘the way’, but what rather a means that will allow for you to clear ‘the way’.
To remove as many unnecessary obstacles as possible, allowing your self to get a clear view and focus only on those things that are fundamentally important.
It’s very difficult to find what it is you’re looking for if it’s hidden under a pile of rubble.
It’s the old needle in a haystack analogy.
Remove the hay and only the needle remains.
Making it easy for you to find what it is you’re essentially looking for.
Life works in a similar vein.
So much of what matters, so much of what you want or more importantly need is hidden under a pile of non-essentials.
Whether they are things, people, or just unnecessary distractions.
It tends to generate a series of obstacles which just makes your life that much more ambiguous, chaotic and complex.
So the shedding of the non-essentials, learning to let go of the all that which is not necessary, is that critical first step.
This creates space, followed by a feeling of lightness – then what will begin to emerge is a clear path forward.
A blank canvas, an opportunity to begin shaping things in ways you had always intended them to be.
Keeping that path clear then becomes a normal part of you moving along it, maintaining a clear view of where it is you’re going.
Constantly evaluating what to hold onto and what to let go of.
What to say yes to and what to say no to.
It’s not about clearing a path for clearings sake, but rather removing whatever is holding you back, blocking your view or weighing you down, so you’re able to navigate your way forward.
This creates all the potential, then it’s up to you to take the necessarily steps.
To moving towards those things that are of value, after all, the pursuit of value is ultimate pursuit.