Value is a key component of a minimalist’s life. Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, suggests that, “The question of what you want to own, is really the question of how you want to live your life.” In other words, our material desires speak directly to our values and our quality of life. The most resounding prayer of a minimalist is a petition to God for the perspective and strength to own only the things that bring value to one’s life. Because value is a fluid and subjective idea, it manifests differently in everyone. Value maintains that it is essential for some to own an item out of perceived necessity or joy. It also allows for the understanding that life itself is not a practice run. By filling ones lives with the essential and valuable and getting rid of the non-essential clutter, life becomes one of intention and purpose. Material excess is often an indication of the absence of this understanding. For excess only becomes so when it is no longer contributing to life’s purpose, life’s prayer, life’s development. It is instead relegated to an incessant white noise, an obligation demanding life, the only life that one is given.
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