Cutting Out


I’m chasing soul. That’s my goal. I am recognizing how quickly my path can out pace my soul. So I’ve been looking for ways to slow down and find solid ground again.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about minimalism and reading about minimalism. I want to move away from clutter. I want to avoid frittering away my life (and soul).

Clutter, like literal clutter, seems to have a metaphysical effect in that it clutters soul. The same is true of digital clutter. I check and keep up with so much stuff online. The constant flood of information can ironically be a total drain.

So I’m simplifying.

I’ve been experimenting with cutting out stuff from my life.

Here’s some stuff I’ve cut…

  • Clothes. I have more than enough clothes. Why not eliminate the extras? I’ve boxed up a good-sized pile just to see if I’d miss them. So far, no “I miss you” cards.
  • Apps. I’ve deleted a bunch of social media apps on my phone. I have not completely sworn off any service, but I want to stop the incessant phone-checking that happens at red lights, in conversation lulls, during commercials, etc.
  • Blogs. I’ve gone through my google reader and deleted over 20 RSS feeds. Unsubscribe. It felt great.
  • Tweeps. I unfollowed around 100 people I don’t know and who I’ll probably never know. I was just keeping up with them to be “in the know.” Again, it felt so freeing.

What’s next? I don’t know. Will I keep all these changes? Maybe. Will I fudge on some of them? Probably. But for now, I am confident minimalism is a helpful option to pursue for my soulcare.

How about you? Is there anything you might do better without? I’d love for you to leave a comment.

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Derek Griz

I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor (Immanuel Church). I write from those perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter (@derekgriz).

3 thoughts on “Cutting Out”

  1. I’ve gone through several rounds of decluttering and minimizing. It’s is freeing. I now live in a cute, 450 sq ft apartment with no outside storage. I’ve donated my things (and continue to donate as I clear out old storage) to a local charity, where I know people will enjoy the things more than I ever will. I’ve gone through enough that I can now keep all my camping gear and off-season clothing in a single closet in my apartment. Thanks for reminding me what a wonderful process this has been.

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