"Imagine a life of less. A life of passion unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you. What you are imagining is an intentional life. It's not a perfect life and it's not even an easy lift, but a simple one."
Inner peace is a great side benefit of my practice. However, curating my life to only have things that contribute to my health, happiness and love is powerful tool for me to also gain an outer peace. I have come to realize you never really "arrive" at minimalism. It is an ongoing process of cultivating your best life by removing things that do not add value and only bringing in what does.
My path to becoming minimalist has brought me two important truths about minimalism. First, the minimalist lifestyle will look different for everyone. There are minimalists who pack all they own in a couple of bags and travel the world, and there are those with large families and homes with all that entails. Both are minimalists, with very different values. In 2004 I had the unique opportunity to have all that I owned fit into the trunk of my car and that did indeed feel freeing. However, as I settled into my new life, I did begin to add back in things that added value to my life.
The second thing I have learned is that I cannot force minimalism on others. If you walked into my home, you would not say "obviously these people are minimalists". To keep peace and harmony, I have to respect the things my family members value in our home. I can only live by example versus advising what should be important to them. As much as I value minimalism, I value those relationships more. Joshua Fields Millburn, of The Minimalists ends most of his discussions with this powerful statement: "Love people, use things, because the opposite never works."