By Jawaaz Ahmad
“Satisfaction is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty” (Socrates)
There were many reasons why we decided to become minimalist and simplify our lives. We were frustrated with the mess. We found time wasted by us managing the property. We realized that joy was not found in our property. We have established that we value things far more than physical things.
The process of staying in the minimalist lifestyle of this counter-cultural lifestyle, in spite of all needs, requires something completely different. It requires satisfaction. Satisfaction is the basis of minimalism. Without this, the journey to minimalism is short-lived. Satisfaction always puts his ugly head and becomes a great obstacle to fully develop in a simple life.
Not only does satisfaction provide the opportunity for minimalism, but it also reduces the level of stress, improves your appearance, relaxes the body and makes life enjoyable. There is an immutable freedom that is accompanied by contentment: the freedom of being who you are, enjoying who you are and living the life you have been destined for.
But in our consumer culture, which promotes dissatisfaction and encourages material satisfaction, learning to be happy can be very difficult. This is certainly a personal journey that we all have to travel, and no one else trip will look the same. There really is not one universal seven-step program to fully satisfy your satisfaction but, here are six key keys that have helped us to develop satisfaction in our lives:
1. Gratitude. Almost impossible to develop satisfaction without gratitude – they are inseparable. An, d grateful is the one who has learned to focus on the good things in his life, not on what is missing. When you start questioning what you have to be grateful for, start making a list – a literal list of all the good things in your life. Do not worry about finishing, you do not have to. The simple principle of starting exercises will undoubtedly shift your focus to the many good things that you already have.
2. Take control of your Attitude. A person who is not happy with life often engages in “when I think” – “when I _______, then I will be happy” instead of taking control of one’s own life. Remember your happiness does not depend on acquiring any possession. Your happiness is based only on your decision to be happy – and this can be one of the most important life lessons you can learn.
3. Break the habit of Dissatisfaction with Acquisitions. For many of us , it has been rooted in our lives that the proper way to dissipate dissatisfaction is to purchase an external element that apparently causes dissatisfaction. Almost no energy is intended to define the true root of dissatisfaction. Are you unhappy with the closet? Go buy new clothes. Not content with the vehicle? Go buy a new one. We have developed the habit of satisfying our dissatisfaction by just spending more money. We must break this habit. Understand that material possessions will never fully satisfy the desires of your heart (therefore, discontent always returns). The next time you acknowledge the dissatisfaction that occurs in your life, do not interfere in this bad habit. Instead, commit yourself to a better understanding of yourself and why this lack of element causes dissatisfaction. Only after you intentionally break this habit will real satisfaction begin.
4. Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparing your life with someone always leads to dissatisfaction. There will always be people who “seem” to be better than you and seem to live the perfect life. But, remember that we always compare the worst of what we know about ourselves, to the best assumptions we make in others. Their life is never as perfect as your mind makes it. You’re special. It’s always better this way.
5.Help others. When you start helping others by sharing your talents, time and money, you will find that you are happy. Practice gives you a better appreciation for what you have, who you are, and what you have to offer.
6. Be content with what you have, never with who you are. Never stop learning, growing, or exploring. Take care of your personality and the progress you made, but never become so happy that you cannot find a place to improve. Satisfaction is not the same as complacency. As soon as you stop growing, you start dying.
—The author is pursuing his M Tech in VLSI Design and Embedded Systems from Visveswaraya Technological University. He can be reached at: [email protected]