Thursday, February 23, 2017

Netflix and Chill for Minimalists: "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things"

While you might think a post of this title would be about how to organize and purge your Netflix queue, it's not. In fact, I can't be a good example of a minimalist's Netflix queue at the current moment because that stuff is just a disaster right now. Don't judge; I've only been in this thing for a couple weeks. What I can say is that I took the time to watch "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" and loved it.

Follow along with "The Minimalists" Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus as they talk about minimalism.  While I don't foresee myself ever living with only the materials that fit into a small bag as my only earthly possessions, their freedom from stuff is inspirational. One of the biggest things I noticed about Joshua and Ryan is they are extremely open to the world and people around them. People seem to gravitate towards them because, well, they are genuinely nice human beings.  In preparing for this blog post, I was myself graced by their openness and gratitude. It can only leave me to wonder if their warm natures and positive attitudes towards life and their various environments are due to the fact they aren't bogged down with "stuff."  Honestly, when people meet me, I would love for them to see the same attributes in me that I saw in these men. They are so nice and open, in fact, they give free hugs to everyone they meet.  Sorry, guys. I'm just not a hugger. It's extremely uncomfortable for socially awkward people like myself. However, I would be very open to giving you a hearty fist bump! My fist bumps are world-renowned, by the way.

Here's a trailer for your viewing pleasure!

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things from The Minimalists on Vimeo.

If you want to check them out, go to www.theminimalists.com.  They've got some pretty cool stuff on there including some tips on decluttering (which I am finding insanely helpful at the moment).  I'll ignore their hatred of lists, though. Lists keep me sane and while it might be considered all kinds of "anti-minimalist", I'm still Type A, so that's gonna stick. Plus, "list" is in minimalist! Coincidence? Well, maybe.

After watching this, I'm even more confident I'm on the right path in my journey towards minimalism.  I may never make it to a professional minimalist status, but every day I can become a little freer of things and a little more open to the world and experiences around me. At the end of my life, I don't want to say, "I had a lot of cool stuff." I want to say, "I met some amazing people, had some wonderful experiences, and enjoyed every moment of God's creation!"

If you have Netflix, take a gander (yep, I just typed "gander"). Let me know what you think!

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