Growing up poor inspired creativity and innovation in me. I had the bare minimum to keep me going but I was happy.
I had no choice so I had to make the best with what I had.
I was always satisfied. I never had any demands. I had many wishes and dreams, just like any other child. But they faded as I grew older and understood the harsh reality of the material world.
There is no end to our desires. Human beings have infinite desires. People will never be satisfied with what they have. They always make plans to get more and more and more.
The key to happiness is finding satisfaction with whatever you have. If you’re content with what you have, you can utilize your time and energy toward something more productive; something more useful than a dozen pair of shoes or three dozen change of clothes. Nobody needs a dozen pair of shoes. Yet people work so hard and then waste their money on unnecessary items.
Happiness is finding contentment with what you have regardless of what people might say of you. If you spend all your resources to impress others, you’ll never hear the end of it.
Being a minimalist helps me reduce waste. I don’t buy things that I don’t need. I don’t need to throw anything away. And I can get the most out of what I have.
Some people may think I’m boring. Others say I’m too plain; average, so to speak. I think people spend too much effort trying to stand out. Everybody wants to look special and impress others. It’s all a show.
I don’t care what others possess. I’m not jealous. Nor am I envious. Being content with the external world gives me more time to focus on my spiritual life. I don’t feel the urge to outdo anybody. I don’t need to portray myself better than others.
Ultimately, minimalism for me has boiled down to the essence of “I don’t care; I don’t want anything extra; I don’t need anything else; I’m content with what I have; I’ve got enough.”