There are two kinds in this world

These are lines from The Man Nobody Knows

There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters.
…The River Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills. So it laughs in the sunshine. And men build their houses near to it, and birds build their nests; and every kind of life is happier because it is there.

The River Jordan flows on South into another sea. Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. Travellers choose another route, unless on urgent business. The air hangs heavy above its water, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink.

What makes this mighty difference in these neighbour seas? Not the River Jordan. It empties the same good water into both. Not the soil in which they lie: not in the country round about.

This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it another drop flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure.

The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it keeps.

The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. The other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead.

There are two kinds of people in this world. There are two seas in Palestine.

I came across this passage today and it resonated with me on many levels. It seems relevant to Minimalism because if we hoard our possessions, longer than we have need, our homes become stagnant, stinking and decaying like the Dead Sea. Emotionally, this impacts on us and those who live with us, we hold onto the dead things from the past, we can’t move forwards. We have money tied up in stuff, so we can’t use it to help other people.

If we follow the practice of Minimalism, then stuff follows its natural life cycle. We bring it in, only as needed, it gives life and enhances it for its allotted time, but then we pass it on. Then hopefully, it can be useful to someone else. This makes the whole world happier because we are sharing and using less resources.

There are two kinds of people in this world, those who are Minimalists and those who are not! 😉

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Virtual minimalism

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Virtual minimalism, what is that I hear you ask? Well it my term for minimising in the virtual world. Last night I realised how upsetting I find Facebook. All those things that people post which are probably fake, but make their life seem pretty perfect. I’m dealing with a lot of very complex health problems right now and they are impacting on every area of my life. Facebook just serves as an unfair comparison and a reminder of everything I can’t do/ have/ want etc. So, I decided to spring clean it!

For a little while, I’ve had 2 Facebook accounts- under the misguided impression that this would help me to better manage the above issues. I also didn’t want an awful lot of people who are really just acquaintances knowing the intimate personal details of my life. So the second account was meant to keep these people at a distance- it didn’t really work, just complicated life further and served to waste even more time. Time on Facebook pretty much only served to make me sad, angry or both! So, the second account just got deleted- just like that. Problem 1 solved.

Next, to my main account- I deleted half of my ‘friends’. Anyone who I didn’t really feel that friendly with. People who are either friends or family members, but I keep in contact with through other methods and aren’t themselves very active on Facebook. People whose posts bothered me, upset me. People who actually were just acquaintances through shared interests etc, but I can still keep in touch with via groups on Facebook. Next, I went through my likes and got rid of almost all of them. I promised myself I wasn’t going to randomly like things, the last time I tidied up- but guess what, it crept back in again! All those companies you’ve liked to get freebies, companies I’d liked because I’d done mystery shopping work on Facebook but actually didn’t ‘like’ at all. Musicians, bands and artists who I’d liked once, but haven’t released another good song or who just clog up my feed with rubbish. Gone are all the moneysaving groups that proved to just be full of spammers and didn’t help me save a penny. Gone are the annoying mystery shopping groups which were full of nonsense and nothing helpful. I could go on and on and on! Needless to say, only useful things are left.

Now this is only one tiny area of my on-line life, but boy has it made a big difference. Particularly if you’e like me and check Facebook several times a day. I believe it will help me to see more of what I like- Tiny House and Simple Living blogs. I also think it will definitely mean I spend less time on Facebook which helps minimise that area of my life and allows me to find new ways to spend my time! 🙂 Bonus.

In the future, I would like to tackle my folders, photos, downloads etc and trash all the rubbish stuff. I think I will try to organise my bookmarks and also go through my emails (which are endless) and dump the junk.

How will you virtually minimise? I’d love to share tips.

Books, books and more books!

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Two more piles of stuff that are leaving my life today! First picture is a load more books, both mine and my husband's which are being sold to a book re-seller. So we get a little bit of cash from the sale. Second pile is a load more to go to a charity shop- seems to be my hobby at the moment!

I look around me and I have a massive desire to purge more stuff that is useless to me. Next stop I think is my craft drawers and our games cupboard. Both of which are basically never touched!