For a million bucks, would you give up Tim Horton’s coffee for a year?
That question showed up in my social media recently.
It was an easy one for me.
Now full disclosure I am actually a Starbucks girl so giving up a Tim Horton’s double double is a no-brainer for me.
That being said, I’d ditch my grande latte in a minute for a million dollars.
In fact, there aren’t a lot of things that I wouldn’t give up.
There’s no food or drink item that I can’t live without.
Television could go. Social media could definitely go.
Not having books would be a harder challenge but I think I could manage it.
I love to travel but I could put it on hold for a year, especially if I ended up with a million dollars to fund my adventures at the end.
In fact I came to the conclusion that giving up tangible things would be do-able, even though there might be some of them that I would miss.
Letting go of the stuff in our lives is the drive behind the current minimalist movement.
Whether it’s the Japanese KonMari method of organization or the fascination with tiny little homes or the 30 day decluttering challenge to purge 465 items, people seem interested in simplifying their stuff even without the motivation of a 7 figure payout.
At the heart of it, minimalism is not about getting rid of all of our material possessions. It’s more about not attaching too much meaning to our stuff. And being consciously selective about the stuff we do have.
Minimalist gurus Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus describe minimalism as a tool to rid ourselves of life’s excesses in order to be able to focus what is really important.
Having too much stuff gets in the way of really enjoying life. Stuff costs money which means the more we want, the more we have to work in order to generate the income supports our big car, big house, big wardrobe lifestyle.
The more stuff we have, the more maintenance of stuff is required.Having too much stuff gets in the way of really enjoying life. Click To Tweet
For those who live in a tiny home, one of the perks is far less time needed to clean it compared to the average size house. Less time spent cleaning means more time to do fun things – unless of course you are one of those people who finds cleaning fun.
That’s not to say that everyone should move into a 250 square foot home, or get rid of all their shoes if they have a shoe obsession.
Instead it’s about asking oneself some really powerful questions:
How much is enough?
What is the real cost of all this stuff?
What purpose do these things serve in my life?
Minimalism is actually not about austerity and self-denial.
It’s about voluntarily peeling back the layers of stuff in order to have the time, space and energy for the truly important things – whatever those are for you.
The more I started thinking about the million dollar coffee question, the more I realized that there was a better question to ask:
What wouldn’t I give up for a year for a million bucks?
Turns out the answer to that question has a lot to do with intangible things.
I wouldn’t give up connecting with my daughters for a year.
Or going for a walk.
Or sharing heartfelt conversations with my hubby.
I wouldn’t give up the things that in the end are truly important. Not even for a million bucks.
What about you?
Grab a coffee and start making your list. It just might give you some ideas about stuff you really don’t need. Perhaps you could let go of them to make space for more important things. Who knows – it just might turn out to be a priceless activity.
And I’d love it if you would post a comment and share something that’s on your list!
ps a version of this article first appeared in my community blog Life Goes On in the St. Albert Gazette.