In our society we are bombarded with the message that more is better. Why give one rose when a dozen says so much more. But what if one perfect rose is enough? What if less is actually the key to happiness?
My partner and I were talking about the tradition of sending a dozen red roses as a way of conveying love. Why twelve? Where on earth did that number come from?
I did a little research and discovered that it is a custom that has arisen from the significance of the number twelve within many aspects of nature, religion, and philosophy.
I also noted that the only websites providing such information were flower shops.
I couldn’t help wondering if this has more to do with profit than religious significance. If you can persuade people that a single rose only twelve roses will properly convey love then you stand to make a lot more money.
But what if one beautiful rose is enough? Do we really need eleven more?
What if less is more?
I see this in so many areas. When I was a child all my toys fit into one small box. Yet I don’t remember feeling deprived as a child. I have very happy memories of long days filled with engaged and imaginative play.
Today I see many children who have houses packed with toys, but they don’t seem happier or more engaged. In fact their parents are constantly looking for activities to keep them occupied.
In our society we are constantly bombarded with the message that we need more.
It is so easy to buy into this belief right? Our houses are full of stuff. We have all the right toys and gadgets. We have never been busier. So we should be really happy right? Not necessarily. You can read about some studies here.
Discover the joy of less
It has been my experience that almost every time I went along the path of less my family actually gained.
Fewer toys = more engaged play + less mess + less tidying up = family win!
Reducing extra curricula activities = more family time + less stress + less rush = family win!
Getting rid of things = more space + less mess + less debt = family win!
Maybe it’s time for us to downsize and work towards having and doing less. If we make a commitment to do with fewer
So that we can have less debt, stress, rush and boredom. And enjoy less tidying, cleaning and organizing! WOOHOO! And that will lead to
- time with family
- engaged play
- And family connections WHOOP!
All of which sound pretty darn good to me! How about you? Are you in? I thought so.
A few resources to help you
- Project 333 to help you downsize your closet.
- Cluttered to Clean to help you clear out your stuff.
- Going Uncomplicated where you can read about the art of simple living.
- My Keeping Things Simple Pinterest board.