Hello, friends! Can you believe we’re already on Day 7 of the Enough Experiment?? (some of you are thinking, “Day 7?? Feels like Day 107!!”)
Maybe it’s time for a little pep talk.
When I first decided (on a whim) to do this Enough Experiment every day in May, I thought I’d just share my personal journey (with before-and-after photos! ha! right!), and you all could do whatever you wanted in the purging department.
But then I kept hearing, “Please give us assignments! We need direction!”
(You’re regretting that now, aren’t you?)
Two things I want to remind us of today (in addition to these two reassurances about guilt yesterday):
1. We are all different people. Simplicity will look different for each of us.
2. There is a higher purpose here. Bigger than a de-cluttered home and space to breathe.
I really truly believe that it all comes back to that sweet line of Mother Teresa’s: live simply that others might simply live.
When we buy less and consume less and are less consumed by our stuff, we free up space and time and energy and resources that can be shared with others. And the SKY IS SO THE LIMIT here, friends. You don’t have to just sell your stuff at a garage sale and send the money to Africa (great idea though!).
Living simply so others may simply live is a way of life. When you begin to see the world through that lens, it changes everything. EVERYTHING.
And here’s what’s so amazing and beautiful. You find greater joy in helping/loving/serving others than you ever, ever, ever found in all your stuff.
I’m not even kidding.
I want so desperately for others to see that joy oozing out of me, joy that only comes from giving stuff away, giving YOURSELF away.
THANK YOU for the glimpses you’ve given me into your lives these past 6 days. I can taste your freedom, can feel the winds of purpose filling your lungs with fresh air. I can see the pictures you’re painting of the life you want to live uncluttered, unfettered, FREE.
Clearing clutter out of your home is totally great in and of itself, but when it becomes a metaphor of focusing on others instead of yourself, of finding joy in giving more than receiving, of feeling more and more blessed the less you have, MAN ALIVE.
So, today is an unexpected mid-week take-a-breather day (if you’re on a roll, feel free to keep purging anything you want today!).
I’d love to hear two things from you:
1.) In 1-2 sentences, what does “live simply so others may simply live” mean to you personally?
2.) What areas would you like me to prioritize in the next few days? (books/craft supplies/desk/kitchen stuff/toys/DVDs/coats/memorabilia/gift-wrapping stash…)
I wish I could hug you people!! You bring me much much joy!