Download our free ebook: 16 Rules for Living with Less
The Minimalists The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Letting Go Is Not Something You Do

Letting go does not require a trip to Goodwill
or a purchase from The Container Store.

Letting go is not something you do.
It is something you stop doing.

You stop pretending every thing is precious.
You stop clinging to toxic relationships.
You stop acting like busy is a good thing.
You stop posturing as if achievements make you, you.
You stop thinking new habits will solve the problem.
You stop trying to “fix” everything.
You stop turning to breaking news for information.
You stop mistaking information for understanding.
You stop polishing the facade of success.
You stop chasing happiness.

No matter the fixation—
be it possessions, people, or prosperity—
attachment is always suffering.

Always.

When you let go of attachments,
you pick up freedom, peace, equanimity.

But if you hold on,
you’ll get dragged.