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Just stumbled upon a great documentary called The Minimalist. The idea tickled the part of my brain in search for peace and contentment, which led to me watching it and wanting to replay it over and over again!

Why?

Because this is exactly what we want, living in a world of unlimited consumption, a world where you are defined mostly but what you own and not by what you do and what difference you make in the world around you. This is ridiculous, no?

I think it is, because I want my worth to be measured by what is important, I want to be graded on a scale of self-worth and self- importance and not a scale of digits spent on items I most probably don’t need, on items that does not, in any way, add or remove from my life.

Look around you, and by that I am even addressing myself at this point, how many pairs of shoes have you got in your shoe closet? twenty, thirty? but how many pairs do you actually use? and by actual use, I mean at least once during a seven-day period.

As I watched The Minimalist, I learnt about an idea called 333. Its suggests that you wear only thirty-three items during a period of three months. No way! that is the first idea that comes to mind.

But come on, I’m sure it’s not that difficult. I’m talking about thirty-three pieces! But the fact that no way is the first idea that comes to mind, shows how the idea of wanting and needing so many items in our closet or our lives is deeply embedded in our psyche.

Did you know that the consumer industry spent 100 million dollars in 1983 on advertisements for kids, and do you how much it spent on the same in 2016? An outrageous 13 billion dollars! I mean how many items does a kid need to have that be supported by insane advertising numbers!

Going back to the soul of this issue, de-clutter, do not associate yourself with your material belongings. Have value and virtue in your lives instead of becoming collectors of unnecessary clutter.

God bless and for all I wish a life of meaning and love.

 “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
― Coco Chanel

Peace & Love,

Sara Abiqwa

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