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Less Coming In {Day 31}

Less Coming In | | Minimalist Life | Life Goals | 31 Days of Less & More challenge

This is Day 31 of our 31 Days of Less & More challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day 1, then visit the Overview Page to see the entire series.  

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 The more you have, the more occupied you are.  The less you have, the more free you are. — Mother Theresa

Welcome to Day 31.  I don’t know about you but there were more than a few moments along the way this month where I felt like quitting.  Where being intentional about letting go of some of the negative stuff in my life and being purposeful about adding more positive things just felt like too much work.  There were days that the challenge just seemed to hard, or too inconvenient, or too far out of my comfort zone.

But still my friends, we persevered.  We made the effort to change a few things, and while I’m sure none of us were perfect, we am here.  We made it, we did this, we won!

All we have left now is the satisfaction of knowing we completed an entire month of less….and more.  That we thought long and hard about the things in our life that were causing heartache and stress and clutter and replaced at least some of them with joy and peace and contentment.

So where do we go from here?  How do make sure that these changes we’ve made aren’t just a fluke, a temporary improvement in an otherwise hectic life?

The secret, I think, is to guard our hearts and minds and homes from filling up with all these things we’ve worked so hard to get rid of.

We have to work every single day at acquiring less.  The less we let in, the less we will have to get rid of later.  That goes for physical things like toys and clothes—especially as we roll into the holiday consumer season—but it also applies to our emotional and mental life as well.

Refuse to let anything in your home that isn’t absolutely essential.  Refuse to add to your schedule things that don’t need to be done.  Refuse to give in to the feelings of fear or bitterness or anxiety that suck away our joy.

Realize that everything we bring in is a choice.  More stuff will not solve our problems or make us happy.

Make the choice to acquire less.  Choose contentment instead.

Be sure to read Edie’s corresponding post, More Contentment.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: 

Evaluate the current state of where you are in your life right now.  Ask yourself the hard questions.  Is my life still too full of the things that don’t matter?  Am I still letting in too much heartache, too much stress, and too much stuff?  Resolve right now to be intentional and purposeful with your heart and time and environment.  Choose to let in only that which adds joy and peace and contentment.  

 

Less Coming In | | Minimalist Life | Life Goals | 31 Days of Less & More challenge

Be sure to check out Crystal’s thoughts on Less Holiday Overkill/More Memories from yesterday’s post!

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How has this 31 day challenge impacted you? 

9 Comments

  1. October 31 at 09:59AM

    Thank you Ruth! It truly is all about the choices we are faced with and make everyday. We would do so much better by really taking a moment to consider and respond to things that come our way. Hope you have a great day~

  2. October 31 at 10:02AM

    This has been one of my favorite 31 Days series! It’s been a daily reminder of what is important and what is not. Thank you for your hard work!!

  3. October 31 at 12:23PM

    I agree with you about how hard this challenge was! I wanted to quit everyday. But I am one of those people that keep reading a book I don’t even like just because I can’t quit. I enjoyed your series

  4. October 31 at 10:53PM

    Ruth…I, too, wrote about contentment, once a week, during my own #31Days series. Contentment is a choice. One that we make over and over. It’s full of first and second steps and finally bigger ones. And just when we think we’re there…we face a new challenge…or something flies in our face from out of the blue….or the TV or Pinterest and we’re fighting the battle again. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is the only real way I know to stay the course. If I take my eyes off Jesus…just like Peter on the water…I sink.
    Thanks for your insights this month. Truly!
    Blessings!
    ~Diane

  5. November 3 at 06:37PM

    What a perfect way to end this thought-provoking series. You gave me lots to ponder – and do – this month. You and Edie both did! I thoroughly enjoyed your series!

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