Carolyn Gregoire wrote in an article that "materialism can take a toll on one's well-being, relationship and quality of life." To that, I cannot agree more.
We live in a society with more wants than needs. The many distractions that are available distance relationship between two people and dissolve the true meaning of life - one that is holistic and edifying. With more acquisitions, it isn't surprising to realize that the sudden decrease in space can affect one both spatially and psychologically. The increase number of seemingly unnecessary items redundant to every basic living is more a bane than boon.
I like to tell people that all I really need are money, my laptop and phone for entertainment, and a wardrobe that stores clothes that are less than decorative. If you think about it, there really is nothing much that you could possibly need. Apart from your daily necessities, the rest are wants, not needs.
It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy. - GEORGE HORACE LORIMER
I contend that minimalistic living is embracing the simple things in life that makes living fulfilling.
When you have decided to let go of the clutter, you should find yourself embracing the void. This allows a stream of inspiration and contentment to slowly fill you holistically and you cannot possibly realize this without first decluttering.
Retrospectively, I believe that minimalism is more than a form of art than it is a spiritual way of living. Minimalism is a form of meditation that enhances the very core of one's psyche.
Try it! Go minimalist.
Huawei & Jean Stodden
Almost tipsy, on the cab, nearly home, an unfamiliar ringtone disrupted the silence from the right of my seat. Puzzled, I answered the phone and immediately knew that I had the responsibility to return a phone that was not my IphoneX.
I was on my auto-pilot mode, returning from Sing Jazz 2018, when that fateful tone awoke me from my drunkard stupor - an inebriated state that was almost natural as the sunrise every night.
As with most Aesop's fable, we have been inculcated well not to expect anything in return of a kind deed. But this person, Xavier, an apparent French, presented me with a bottle of wine as a form of gratitude.
I must say that I surely hadn't expect this nice gesture as with Singaporeans, we all know a pathetic "thank-you" suffices.
On the contrary, it feels good to have done a great deal of a favour to this guy, whom I can imagine panicking over the potential loss of his contacts. In a land where network is more important that the bills, I could see pure gratitude flowing from his eyes as I returned his phone.
There is a popular saying: One rather lose the wallet than the phone. What about you? Would you rather lose your phone or your wallet?
Melvin vacillates between writing and teaching in his free-time. He is working on his book aimed to be published in 2019. Currently a contributing writer for ELEMENT Magazine, he began writing for luxury media before working at SPH Magazines. He also has a corporate job at a non-profit international think-tank organization because he knows that writing cannot be his means to an end - not in Singapore anyway.