Friday, March 8, 2019

More or Less (FMF)

I'm very excited to again this week join a talented group of women who connect each Friday in an online, unedited (so excuse all errors) flash mob free-write based on a one-word prompt from our fearless leader Kate Motaung. My timer is set for 5 minutes; let's see where the word "more" takes me.

I was perplexed when, as a college undergraduate English major, one of my writing professors wrote "Less is MORE" on the chalkboard one morning.

Fifty minutes and copious notes later, I thought I knew what my professor was trying to say.

But it wasn't until twenty or so years later, that I realized that the "less is more" philosophy is one that fits me like the proverbial glove. 

I'm a minimalist, you see. Oh, I love to have special things around me as part of my decor. A framed engagement photo of my daughter and her now-husband and the dried rose they gave me after they were pronounced man and wife just a few weeks ago, for example, or the various items my son and daughter made or purchased and gave me over the years.

But I don't like clutter. Not physical clutter, emotional clutter, or even spiritual clutter. I embrace open space, nearly-empty kitchen countertops, a car devoid of "stuff". 

And for more than a few years, my to-do lists and goals centered around getting rid of things, of having less. I'm often teased because of my minimalistic mindset, and I've even been asked what I have against "stuff". 

For a long time I couldn't explain it, but about five years ago I realized that I want to free my life from physical clutter to have more time and space for the things that mean the most to me. I created a list, and I've moved it to the front of every bullet journal I've kept since then.  

My "more" list says:

          I Long for More . . . 

               a more intimate and authentic relationship with God

               more time with St and J (my son and daughter)

               more simplicity -- environmental,
                                                   possessions, including wardrobe
               more creativity in my daily life

               more friendships -- true friendships

               more experiences -- travel, events

               :) more financial cushion

Less . . . to make room for more.

What do you want more of in your life? Join in the conversation by sharing your thoughts via a comment. 


  1. I love your post! We did write similarly. I have wanted to get rid of clutter for so long. We make a little progress and then stop so more collects. It's kind of hard with 6 adults living here, too. :) But we'll make it. Your post inspires me! Blessings to you!

  2. I'm torn on this one when it comes to 'stuff'(See my blog name!). So much of what other people see as clutter is full of precious memories for me. But I appreciate that much of my untidiness is to do with lack of time or an inability to decide quickly if something is important enough to keep or what/when to deal with it. And I do enjoy a good clear out - I just can't seem to prevent the build up!
    It's so important to create space for important things in our lives though. For me, it's more about the mental and emotional space than the physical perhaps.
    Glad to join you today.
    Your FMF neighbour #46