Less is always more!

Do we need five TV’s in our homes and five Direct TV junction boxes at 19.99 each? Really? No, we don’t.

There is a reward for watching less TV.  Less TV means more time for reading, writing, walking, and relationships with our friends, Spending time with friends is far more wholesome than watching a square box.

Or maybe we can prefer less is more when considering purchases. Would you prefer an extra 100.00 in your bank or more food in your pantry? Do we know how much food we throw away? Most families waste more food than they eat. The big tip here is to buy only the food you need and only when you need it. This alone will save you hundreds of dollars every year.

There are many things we can do less to gain more.

Allow me to share a few.

Less opinion and more concern

We live in the age of opinion. And it does not matter if the opinion is a lie or the truth. Social media opened the door for views of dissent and agreement. Although those that agree hit “like,” and those that oppose write a rant. On the rant side of things — less is more.

Have you ever considered how much time you would have if you quit posting unimportant opinions?

Some things do not matter. And others don’t.

Less talk and more listening

Time Magazine reports the average human being’s attention span (8 seconds) is now shorter than that of a goldfish (9 seconds). We have indeed regressed when it comes to paying attention to others. The pace of life is faster than ever, and so is our talk rate. Most people indeed listen to talk rather than listen to respond.

Jackie Hill Perry said, “Being impressed by your advice will most likely make you a terrible listener. You’ll only listen up until the point that you have a great idea. Then you’ll interrupt.”

I suggest applying a minimalist attitude when it comes to our talking -less is more!

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. (James 1:19, ESV)

Less greed and more generosity

Some say “give,” and life will give back. This is what the Bible calls sowing and reaping. Another way to say it is; what goes around comes around, and that’s true.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. (Luke 6:38, NKJV)

Donald DeMarco said, “Nothing, therefore, is more costly than greed; nothing is more rewarding than generosity.”

Greed is the opposite of minimalism. Greed displays an unhealthy need for more. Greed holds tightly to all it possesses.

The person with greed finds security in holding onto what they have instead of giving to others.

The true minimalists purchase less to give more.

We can all learn from that.

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