Monday, December 5, 2016

The Holidays (a.k.a. The Temptations)

I would love to be able to do what The Minimalists suggest and buy everyone experiences for the holidays. Unfortunately I don't have that kind of money at my disposal, though maybe I would have if I hadn't spent so much of my money buying stuff I no longer have.

So I've had to go online and look around and think about gift ideas for those in my life that anticipate gifts from me this time of year. And I'll have to step foot in stores (possibly) if I can't find what I need online.

I've also been tasked with thinking about things that I might want for the holidays. While I would love to receive "experiences" such as a gift card to my favorite sailing venue for a future sailboat charter, for many of those looking to buy me gifts I have to think much smaller.

All of which has proven to be quite difficult. Looking online for others and for myself has placed much temptation in front of me - proving that while I am striving for minimal there is still a part of me that wants to acquire more.

I like nice things. I like holiday decorations. I like receiving presents - well, the act of receiving them, not so much the presents themselves much of the time.

Furthermore, the holidays make me think of home and family, which makes me want to make my home more homey and makes me want to decorate - though I have absolutely no place to store holiday decorations for the remaining 11.5 months of the year and I have no desire to kill a tree for a couple weeks of joy.

To combat the pull of these temptations I've begun listening to more podcasts and reading more articles on minimalism. While I know some/much of what I've been hearing, it's important for me to hear it, to quiet the noise, to question why I "want" or "need" things I didn't want or need a week ago. It's also important to hear someone else's voice instead of the one inside of my head, to learn new questions to ask myself, to see things from a different perspective.

And it's been helping, somewhat. Though I still have dreams of having a lovely wreath, Christmas lights, and stockings for my non-existent mantle, I've stopped with the list-making for all these things and more that I don't need and will end up purging when the season is through.

And alhough I haven't quite stopped visiting the sites that hold the biggest temptations for me, I am visiting with the mindset that just because the things I see are beautiful, doesn't mean I have to possess them. I can simply appreciate their beauty and move on.

To be continued...