A minimalist in time of crisis

I would never have thought this day will come.

I went into the supermarket one day before the government announces the Movement Control Order (MCO) for two weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. You know, just getting my usual groceries, ignoring the masses panic buying.

Then I saw it – empty shelves! No vegetables, no bread…why people are panicking? I started to panic. Almost regret not planting any vegetables on my own (well, a pretty good idea for the future though). I was okay until I saw empty shelves. There, I asked myself “Should I get this now? What if it becomes unavailable when I really need it?” I slapped myself, figuratively, back to reality. First thing first – CALM DOWN.

There’s a couple of things that I’ve discovered and learn during this quarantine period (now for almost 5 weeks):

1) What do I reallyyy need?

Home made cinnamon buns during quarantine

First thing that I learn in respond to an unexpected crisis like the one we are having now is to react mindfully to the real situation, and not react to the mainstream. People stocking up toilet papers doesn’t mean I need to. I can survive without toilet papers. I couldn’t get bread, basic food stuff…but then it’s alright, I can survive that too. Living with less as a minimalist has helped me to cope with not having certain things in life for the time being. I realise I can live with even less stuff, or bread.

2) Evaluate my priorities

Miss this bubble tea shop

Now in a pandemic, the most important thing is your safety and the safety of others. It can be inconvenient or even stressful (depend on what you have to deal with during this time), but it’s not gonna be forever. Because of the MCO and change of daily routine, it’s a good time to ponder what is truly important or bring values to my life. It’s not some fancy clothes, or bags or me attending fancy events, not even car (for now). I’ve realised that when the world is facing a crisis, things fallen away, quickly, what it’s important to me is my life, my health, and my family. Darn, I even have deep thoughts about my life purpose.

I saw that online shopping is still on. And it can be quite tempting to buy some stuff – to maybe comfort me in time of crisis now. Well…TBH it’s just a distraction. But I did not. I only purchased one stuff during this quarantine period – mask face, for my husband when he needs to go out for groceries (In Malaysia, only one person per household, mostly the head of the household, is allowed to go out, and only within 10km from your house).

3) Grateful for everything I have

Safety first!

I still have everything I need at my home. I realised I’m truly blessed compared to many others who are fighting a tougher battle against this pandemic (medical workers, ministers, food providers…Thank You for your sacrifices). I cannot do a lot of stuff now. I can’t go to the mall, I can’t attend church, I can’t hangout with my friends at the bubble tea shop. It makes me appreciate simple things in life that I may have take for granted.

4) Free of debt

Live can be simple yet fulfilling

One of the things that I’ve been training myself to do since I started minimalism is not to spend beyond my means. When I’d realised that I can live with less, I buy less and own less. It can get very stressful to get money to pay for loans and debts when the economy is really unpredictable now. “Financial liquidity is the biggest advantage at this moment” (T.K. Coleman on the Minimalists podcast) A time of crisis like this teach me to be wiser in my finance, readjust if I need to, and to learn how to be a better steward for God in everything that He had blessed me with.

5) Clutter-free home is a sanctuary

I want to live in a smaller home

Last point is HOME. When I am stuck at home for 24/7, I realise how important it is to have a clean, tidy, clutter-free living environment.  I took time to clean, organise and declutter stuff that I don’t need. Trust me guys, your home living environment has huge impact on your well-being, so be wise in the stuff you want to bring into your house. And cleaning can be a daunting chores if it’s loads with stuff at every corner.

♥ ♥ ♥

I wish anyone who is reading this…may you and your family be safe and healthy during this pandemic. Praying that this crisis will end soon and that humanity will get stronger and better after this, for we are not just survivors of the pandemic, but conquerers.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:37-39

Want to know why I choose minimalism? Read my other post WHY I’VE DECIDED TO BECOME A MINIMALIST


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