While clearing out my Pinterest boards the other day (I feel really lame typing that but that’s part of my digital decluttering regime and it’s helpful don’t judge me) I came across this pin with a quote from Elder Dallin H. Oaks that I wanted to share:
“You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need wont satisfy you.” — Elder Dallin H. Oaks (tweet that)
Wow! This is so true. I have seen this in my own life with:
- Anything to do with social media (likes, followers)
- Excessive or unhealthy food
- Mindless entertainment
- Drama in relationships
- Home decor
The list could go on.
I used to spend so much money or time on those things, and they either brought temporary satisfaction followed by buyers remorse and sadness, or they brought nothing at all — only more emptiness.
We cannot fill a void with meaningless things. It’s like trying to fill a hole in the ground with air and expecting to walk safely across it without falling in. The hole is still there. We need to fill it with something solid.
What can you incorporate into your life that will actually satisfy you?
I think things that truly satisfy are often things that take hard work and dedication (I know, ew.)
- a healthy diet + exercise
- nurturing healthy relationships
- dedicated mindfulness / meditation / prayer time
- progress toward a hobby or business
- learning a new skill
Those are things which require energy and some motivation. Things like mindless entertainment require none of that and can be much more tempting after a long day at work. But they only lead to less energy and less motivation to self-improve.
Fill your life with the things you need. Things I’ve been putting energy towards lately, to try and achieve satisfaction in my life, are: this blog, learning Spanish, and exercising regularly. These things have brought happiness to my life because I can see my progress. I know I’m doing meaningful things which bring me joy and fulfillment. I value my life so much more doing these things than I did when I watched countless hours of YouTube videos and sat on the couch snacking all day.
Sometimes finding direction is hard. We don’t always know what we need and what we don’t need. It might take some trial and error. But when you do recognize patterns or habits that you don’t need, try and eliminate them! There is so much more to life, so much more happiness to be had.
Decluttering my life has brought me peace of mind and relief from the world around me. There’s nothing like walking into the space you created and knowing you have nothing more than what you need. I write articles to help others create that same feeling for themselves.