Minimalism / a documentary recommendation

With way too much time on my hands, in bed and not well*, I started to explore my podcast list and add some to the repertoire. I was drawn to The Minimalists podcast – two guys taking time to have conversations on ways to live with less, more intentionally. This lead me to their new documentary preview (below) and to discover the full version on Netflix.

If you have Netflix, I highly recommend adding it to your watch list. It reminded me of some fundamental things about life that I quickly forget in the hum of a consumer culture – what matters, what doesn’t, that excess doesn’t deliver what it promises. I honestly think Jeremy and I were a heartbeat away from making some bonehead financial decisions and getting into new debt, and this documentary woke me up to the hamster wheel stupidity of those ideas. In addition, there was a scene in the film involving a portion of what’s been known as Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech. I was so moved, and it all felt so pertinent to what’s happening in our culture presently, and the divisiveness highlighted and given voice to after November’s election.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things from The Minimalists on Vimeo.

Much thanks to The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. It takes guts not just to live a different way but to choose to intentionally share that path with others. This was beyond inspiring.. It was the “wake up!” slap to the back of the head I needed.

find it on Netflix, y’all. And please let me know what you think if you get a chance to watch it.

*an update: My nightmare headache / worst pain ever episode turned out to be a rare form of complex migraine. An MRI showed there was nothing worse going on, so it doesn’t look like I’ll be dying in the next couple of weeks .. at least not that any doctor can tell. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

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