As I look to the final 30 days of this challenge, I am aware that simplicity and minimalism cannot be ends in themselves. Otherwise, we become blind to abundance, stingy in our appreciation of it, or even guilty for being the recipient of it. The real reason for embracing simplicity and minimalism is to be uncluttered enough to witness miracles when they're staring us in the face. If everything in our lives is full, miraculous abundance has to try to squeeze into the slivers between cramped cupboards and closets, calendars and cogitations. And in its squeezed state, it has no room to shine, startle or stun. In fact, we're likely to miss it altogether, and therefore, fail to appreciate or savor it. When we take the plunge to clear space in our lives, we are amazed at what we had missed.