Love People and Use Things (Because the Opposite Never Works)
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September 22, 2016
Joshua Fields Millburn is one half of The Minimalists. At first glance, people might think the point of minimalism is only to get rid of material possessions: Eliminating. Jettisoning. Extracting. Detaching. Decluttering. Paring down. Letting go. But that’s a mistake. Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, they focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room. Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all. Joshua wasn’t always a minimalist. In late 2009, his mother died and marriage ended (in the same month), and Joshua started questioning everything. That’s when he discovered minimalism. Now, Joshua thinks he owns fewer than 288 things (but he doesn’t actually count his stuff). Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many…