- Ingest (food or drink)
- Buy (goods or services)
- Use up (a resource)
You are a consumer.
You eat, you drink, you buy, and you use up people, resources, and things.
You do so at an alarming rate, but you aren’t alone, and you probably do so without realizing it.
The space between minimalist and hoarder is filled with people like yourself who take in more than they need and value less than they have.
Consumerism is a convenient, first world problem; it is the habit of more.
You know what the consumption of more food results in. You know what happens when you fill your cart and home with more things. But what happens when you fill your life with more? When your days are consumed with activities, people, events, meetings, errands, etc.? What good is a list of contacts in your phone of people whom you couldn’t call if needed. Or a day spent being busy, but not productive.
Curate your life.
Be selective of the things you consume. Don’t allow things to remain in your life just for the sake of having them. If you don’t use it on a regular basis, if it doesn’t add value to your life, if someone else could put it to better use, and if it doesn’t make you happy, let it go. That goes for people, relationships, things, hairstyles, jobs, etc.
The accumulation of things and people does not a fulfilling life make.
Having more has never solved a problem, in fact it causes you to either want more, or to become preoccupied with holding onto what you have so that you don’t lose it. Less is more because having less allows you to give each thing and person its proper attention, it allows you to focus on the quality of things and relationships, and it promotes gratitude.
Slim down your waist and consume less non-nutritious food and drinks. Slim down your cabinets and closets by buying less and giving away more. Slim down your life by only engaging in relationships and activities that add value and increase your happiness.
Consume less; appreciate more.