The documentary (2016 Netflix) “MINIMALISM- A Documentary About the Important Things”, two former work colleagues, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus bring us through their work of reducing their physical possessive world to , well… a minimum. This included a complete purge of all the extraneous possessions that they have accumulated throughout their still young lives. They essentially “wanted out” of the race for status and happiness through possessions and “things”. However they emphasize at one point that it is important to have the things in your life that really – really – matter to you. Some of the experts that are interviewed discuss the psychological and social science of all of this. That is, how happiness can be linked to the idea of getting the iPhone 8 or a new car.
I must admit that I want the iPhone 8 and I just bought a new car . But, I don’t necessarily see these things to the route to happiness and contentment. They look at everything from housing to our overall lifestyles as well as where we actually live.
It’s a fascinating view of stress in our lives and the people who the two friends profile, as well as themselves, are actually happy and content. Whether you actually practice or incorporate any of the ideas is not as important as the message that the documentary shares.
In Canada, this is the first holiday weekend to kick off the spring/summer season. At the supermarket today, I saw people stocking up on groceries, barbecue supplies and beer for a weekend of kicking back and some serious R and R. …… Hopefully. As I observed the campers on their way out of town and the people in some hurry to officially start the weekend, I wondered if their formula for this weekend really added up to self care, relaxation , rejuvenation and simply spending quality time to achieve a weekend that would resulted in some peace of mind and happiness. It might be “overthinking it” but it’s worth taking the time to think about these events as a means of achieving what we really want for ourselves instead of going through the motions of a few days — only to land at Tuesday morning without having gotten a break for ourselves.
Everyone has a different definition of their needs foe a holiday weekend. The important thing is to have some idea of what it means to you. What do you do on these holidays to unwind?
Yes, It’s May and in most places, at least in North America, the weather is beginning to warm and people’s thoughts turn to outside, vacations, cottages and the fun and relaxation that comes with the season ahead . However, for some, spring is a difficult time. There are some people with a form of seasonal affective disorder that actually have a difficult time with anxiety and mood in the spring of the year. Also, this time of year is sometimes simply a challenging time for some due to life circumstances.
It’s important to get the appropriate treatment and consult with a professional on this. For most people, it’s important to take advantage of this time of year and really incorporate things like exercise, leisure and relaxation – in whatever form you wish- into your routine. Try reading your morning paper with your tea/coffee outside on the front step, do your morning yoga on the patio , take that evening walk in the spring air. Cardiovascular exercise is always a good idea for mental and physical health.
I’d like to hear your ideas and comments.