“Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.…” Holy Bible KJV
Minimalism and Las Vegas?
It’s Saturday night in fabulous Las Vegas, Sin City to most of the world. The night is clear and the temperature is just right, “Chamber of Commerce” weather they call it in Las Vegas.
For a couple of months I have been awaiting this night. The “teachers” the “great ones” were coming to Las Vegas to preach the Gospel of Minimalism. It’s called the “Everything that Remains Tour” a 100-city venture across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, & Australia to share their story of living with less and to celebrate their new book,
Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.
These teachers, known as “the Minimalists”, are Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. They write a blog about living a meaningful life with less stuff for about 2 million readers. But Las Vegas, of all places, what are they doing here and why? Everyone knows Las Vegas is the capital of debauchery, materialism, money and excess. Why bring their message here of all places?
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, like Jesus “The Minimalists” Joshua (like in the Bible) and Ryan Nicodemus, (like in the Bible) decided to take their message to the least likely and one of the most needful cities in the world, Las Vegas.
The setting for their message was in perfect harmony with their philosophy, Spartan and bare. There was a tin roof over a small staging area lit only with small clip on lights. Bear in mind, this is Las Vegas where even the tiniest lounge show is staged like a small rock concert.
The Gospel of Minimalism
Despite the meager surroundings, a group had gathered to hear this “gospel of minimalism”. First to speak was Ryan Nicodemus. If you have followed Ryan and Josh on their blog you might be surprised that Ryan now bears a strong resemblance to the other gospel messenger mentioned at the beginning of this post. He no longer sports the clean cut image in the photo at the top of their blog.
Ryan spoke of his personal history, how he became involved in minimalism and how it has changed his life for the better.
Essentially the minimalist message is this: most of us encumber our lives with “stuff”, (people, places and things) that keep us distracted from living a more purposeful and deliberate life. And it’s true, how much more of the things that really matter could we enjoy if we were not burdened by the things that don’t matter. It seems like such a simple thing to do, but most of us need guidance and direction on how to go about it.
Next, Joshua Fields Millburn, he’s the one with the cool “pompadour”, talked about his history and conversion to Minimalism. He also read personal stories and excerpts from the book, “Everything That Remains” a memoir by the Minimalists.
Finally, the crowd was given the opportunity to ask questions about minimalism and its ultimate purpose.
The Purpose of Minimalism
So what is the ultimate purpose of minimalism? I believe it is freedom. It’s freedom to pursue life to its fullest, freedom to live your life “deliberately” as Josh and Ryan would say and freedom to Explore an Adventurous Life, as Art of Adventure advocates.
I had doubts at the beginning of the night about the message I would hear, but these guys, “the Minimalists”, are the real deal. If you are looking for a life of less stress, less confusion and one with more meaning and satisfaction, then minimalism is something you should learn about. Josh and Ryan are there to help you get started with the minimalist lifestyle with two easy steps. Believe me; these guys know what they are talking about. So here’s what we suggest.
Two, easy steps to Minimalism
Okay, there is a third one. See them on tour like we did. It might change your life.
Have you seen the Minimalists on tour? Do you read their blog? Tell us what you think of minimalism. Leave a comment.
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