The Amish and Minimalism
I recently wrote a guest blog for my friend Joshua Becker. You can read the blog here. Joshua is a big minimalism proponent. I’ve taken his classes and read his books. He’s awesome. I like his perspective on things. I like that he says “minimalism looks different for everyone.”
Most of Joshua’s readers are not familiar with the Amish, but since you’re here on my webpage I suspect you are. You’ve at least read about them, and many of you have visited Amish communities. Which started me wondering, not just about minimalism, but about Amish life in general. Would you say that knowledge of the Amish have affected your life in any way? It’s certainly influenced mine.
- I at least attempt a vegetable garden every year after seeing theirs. Mine usually burns up in the Texas heat, but at least I try.
- I’ve begun quilting because I admire this Amish skill so much. I don’t do it by hand, and I don’t expect to ever be as expert at it as they are, but I also understand that’s not the point. I think the point is to enjoy the process.
- I’m trying to be less “plugged in.” When you’re in Amish country and you see people gardening, walking, sitting on the porch, etc. you realize the one thing you don’t see is them staring at their phones. Of course, we all know some Amish have phones, but the fact that they use them less often or not at all has inspired me to stare at mine less. I definitely watch less news though I try to be aware of what’s happening in the world.
- When I’m with the Amish I get this feeling that they are satisfied with less. I don’t know that’s true. Perhaps they’re pining away for a new buggy or some new clothes. But they seem satisfied with what they have, and I’m making a conscious effort to adopt that attitude.
So what about you? Has reading about or visiting the Amish affected you in any way? I’d love to hear! And, as always, thanks for stopping by my blog!