Feel Free with Less
Almost everyone wants more freedom. Many things limit us in today’s life, so it’s not always easy to change them. Now, this is especially for things over which you have no control. But what about the things you CAN change? How can you feel free with less?
Let’s take a look at 3 things you have in your own hands to feel free with less:
- Opt for less choice
- Order = peace
This is a big one! We, humans, tend to buy or collect a lot of stuff. But what do we REALLY need? In fact not so many things. We get stuff because at first, they make us happier or at least make us feel better. But after a while, that feeling fades or even goes away. So we replace them and store them wherever there’s a place left.
We often don’t even remember all the things we possess. How many things have you stored in closets or kept in the attic? It’s difficult to feel free and have a burden of stuff at the same time.
So why do you keep them? Often it’s because of emotional attachment or the thought: “I could maybe need this later”. In reality, we won’t use most of that stuff anymore. And is it worth it to store all of those things for years just in case of…?
Now about the emotional attachment, there are of course different degrees. Keeping a few things you inherited or received from a loved one can be valuable as a memory. But when you rarely look at them or use them, how will they then contribute to your freedom? And don’t let them grow until you have so many you could open a store!
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Do I use it?
- Do I need it?
- Does it make me feel happy?
When the answer is NO to all 3 of them, why bother to keep them? Chances are that they’re – often subconsciously – a weight on your shoulders. So get rid of them and feel free with less burden!
2. OPT FOR LESS CHOICE
This is partially related to the first tip. When many products and services became available or more affordable on the market last century, at first people were excited. It felt as gaining more freedom. But now there are so many things we can buy or do that we often can’t choose.
Can you relate to that? Have you experienced the stress of too many options? Does it always make you enjoy that freedom or does it sometimes take a lot of time and energy to decide?
It might sound contradictory but the more choice the more stress, and the more stress the less freedom. So keep it simple. You don’t really need all those options.
When things are functional and/or nice, that’s probably enough for why we need it or for the time we use it. Don’t look for the best of the best or perfect one. Most of those that are a little less than that will do as well. It’s only the comparison that makes it less. Once you’ve found one that’s good enough, don’t keep comparing and let go of the rest.
So remember: LESS CHOICE = LESS STRESS. So feel free with less choice.
3. ORDER = PEACE
It’s interesting that the Scriptures contrast disorder with peace. (1 Cor. 14:33) So there must be a connection between order and peace. And as peace attributes to freedom, there is also a connection between order and freedom.
If you have already applied the first tip to declutter, it will be much easier for you to organize your stuff. You’ll have a better overview and find things more quickly. Sometimes that can spare time for other things you want to do. But most importantly you’ll feel lighter and freer!
When you put things around you in order literally, it’ll have a psychological influence. It will reflect on the clutter in your head and help organize your thoughts. Don’t underestimate the influence of our environment – especially our home.
Also, don’t procrastinate on work or tasks you need to do. Have those things in order too. By procrastinating you’ll put an extra weight in the back of your mind that you’ll carry along with you until the task is done. You probably don’t want that burden and heaviness. You’ll feel captured instead of free.
So try to do your tasks as quick as possible and well-organized. That way you’ll keep that burden small so it can’t bind you with its chains. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with a better overview, and feel free with less disorder. Isn’t that worth it?
So when you declutter, choose for fewer options and organize things you’ll be 3 steps closer to freedom…