benefit #6 – not tied to the past
June 12, 2008
as i mentioned, this past week i minimalized my office. in doing so, i made a deliberate decision to throw out anything related to my previous place of employment 8 years ago. it occurred to me that the youth culture has changed so much over the past 8 years that even the things that were effective 8 years ago are just not effective today. and so i got rid of it. and in doing so, i discovered another benefit of minimalism: freedom from being tied to the past.
clutter keeps you tied to the past. your thoughts tend to dwell in the past as the things around you force your mind to reminisce. your solutions tend to be rooted in the past as the things around you conjure up the same thought-processes. your mind is tied to the past because there is no available space for anything new in your life. minimalizing your workspace (and life) forces you to recognize the problems of today and solve them with solutions for tomorrow. some might say – you have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.