Have you ever noticed that some large department stores will stagger the automatic doors so you have to walk diagonally to get through them?
I’ve always been one to take the straightest path which would make me open a regular manual door and then allow me to use the automatic sliding door. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked though these types doors but the other day it hit me like a ton of bricks to the forehead. It actually hit me so hard I sat down and watched people walk in and out of the two sets of doors for a good while. That’s when I figured it out.
This is a metaphor for a lifestyle!
Most people walking in and out of the store took the easy way and walked the extra distance just so they wouldn’t have to open the manual door. For most it didn’t matter if they had something in their hands or not and I also made a few other observations that day. People who had large shopping baskets full of stuff they just bought ALWAYS took the extra steps to walk though the automatic doors.
Why? Because it was simply easier than trying to negotiate your way with a huge cart through a set of regular old manual doors. However, it took from them extra time, effort and energy
Who took the straight path?
About 5% of the people actually took the path that led them though one manual and one automatic door. Most of these people didn’t have anything in their hands and none a shopping cart.
Since I’ve become a minimalist, my trips to the store have change dramatically. Now, when I go shopping for food I rarely buy more than one to two bags of food and most of the time that will fit into my backpack. If the rare occasion comes up where I’m buying something other than food, I usually am buying only one item. This leaves me with at least one if not two free hands to open the manual door and allowing me to take the quickest path to my destination.
What did I learn?
Don’t allow yourself to be weighed down by material goods. Eliminate your stuff and make sure you can get to your destination quicker than the people with large shopping baskets full of crap they probably don’t need! You’ll spend less time, money, and energy living and thinking like a minimalist than those who aren’t able to using manual doors anymore.
Hardcore minimalism isn’t for everybody but I truly believe that EVERYONE can benefit from a little minimalism. It may come in the form of being a bit more frugal, or clearing out a spare room, or just cutting back on work and spending more time with family or friends. Either way, what I say is true. Don’t waste time with things you don’t need. I do my best to practice what I write about and so far, it seems to be working.
I’m planning a few mile stone posts of the next few months. They are mostly going to be personal posts but I feel that I can share them with you in hopes of inspiration.
Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my first mini e-book.