As many of you know, I have a tailoring business and my tailors are in Hong Kong. I’m there relatively frequently (well — was — before the pandemic). On one of my trips, I picked up this jade necklace for a song and a dance ($12 USD) at a street hawkers stand that I frequent; usually for gift bags and other small items. The owner knows me now and she gave me the little bracelet as a gift. Together they add quite an Asian flair to my frock, don’t you think?
Because I have so few things; whenever I use something, whether it’s a cup or a pen or a bowl or a necklace, I have a story to go with it. Actually, that’s true for all of us. We can remember something about how we acquired specific things in our life and the people who participated in it in some way. What makes it different for a minimalist, is that their few items stand out and the stories speak, because there’s so little competition. Imagine a closet with 8 pairs of jeans, and a closet with 1 pair. It’s difficult to isolate and focus on the stories of 8 pairs all at once. But, with one pair, the story is speaking the moment the closet door is opened.
I realize minimalism isn’t for everyone. And, I’m not a crusader for it. I’m simply walking my own path and sharing it with you. Today, I just want you to think about the stories that go with what you own...because it’s the stories, not the things...that make a life.