Minimalism has provided our family with many benefits in such a short time frame. One of these benefits reminded me of a lesson I learned many years ago in Sunday School. The lesson was about The Law of Great Gain.
The Law of Great Gain can be summed up in one powerful, yet difficult to master word: Contentment.
The lesson shared was about how we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have the basic necessities of life including food and clothing, then we can be content. What else do we really need?
I think contentment helps keep wealth (or even lack of wealth) in proper perspective. It reminds us that we didn’t bring anything into the world and won’t take anything with us when we go. So as long as we have our basic needs met, we can be content.
Why Are You Embarrassed?
Think about inviting the wealthiest people you know of over to your house. You’d probably be embarrassed because your countertops aren’t new, there are weeds in the garden, the paint needs to be touched up, and your home really needs a deep cleaning.
Now think about inviting the poorest people you know of over to you house. You’d probably be embarrassed for completely different reasons. Now you’re embarrassed because you have electricity, running water, food in the fridge, beds to sleep on, and everyone has their own room.
Minimalism Helps Keep Things In Perspective
Minimalism has reminded us that we don’t need much. In fact, most of what we have actually keeps us from doing the things we want to do more of.
My formal financial planning education taught me to help clients with setting and achieving goals. Yet, my personal life lessons have taught me it’s more important to be grateful for what we already have.
What if instead of making a list of what we are lacking, make a list of all the blessings we already have?
When going through the list it makes us realize how blessed we are. It makes us realize that we shouldn’t even have time to think about the things we are lacking because we already have more than enough!
None of this means you should be complacent and sit on the couch and do nothing for the next 20 years. Contentment balances our passion for achieving goals and our desire for stuff. It says, I’m going to put forth an enormous effort at becoming better, but I’m also going to be content while I’m doing it.
Minimalism has retaught me to keep what matters most in perspective and be grateful for all you have and all you are.