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Minimalism Is Not the Path

The path I’m walking down is not the minimalist path. No, I’m not headed toward some abstract thing called minimalism—never was, in fact.

Rather, the path I’m traversing is one that leads to happiness, growth, actual freedom (not the kind of “freedom” marketed to us on our TVs).

Hence, minimalism is simply the tool I used to clear that path, to make it easier to find and then easier to travel. If you’re having trouble finding your own minimalist path, stop looking. Instead, search for contentment. Find that path—discover what will make you happy—and then allow minimalism to help you clear the clutter that’s keeping you from moving forward.

Related reading: One Thing Each Day.