I have a story about this ring and it ties into minimalism and keeping what you love, so hear me out.
When I was in Iraq in 2006 I ordered this ring online from Inspired Silver. It cost maybe $20 or $25. It definitely wasn’t anything fancy, but I just wanted something to feel like a girl again and feel pretty. We were authorized to wear a ring or two in uniform, so I ordered this one. I got a lot of compliments on the ring and still do! The thin side of the band used to be more pink/peach colored but has faded over the years.
But let me tell you…I have lost this ring at least four times. It wouldn’t be a big financial loss since it didn’t cost much, but in the beginning I was always crestfallen because I love this ring. Over time I stopped getting upset when I lost it. Not because it wasn’t important to me anymore, but because strangely, it always came back.
The first incident was when I left it in a bathroom in Iraq, on the shelf above the sink. These were communal bathrooms that tons of soldiers went in and out of, and local nationals came in to clean. There was no real “lost and found” structure set up on our base in Iraq and there were so many opportunities for someone to just pocket the ring. Somehow it made it back to me within hours.
There were several other times that I lost it and panicked, but I don’t remember those specific incidents anymore. I do know some were even in different states.
I do remember one time where I had stopped worrying at that point: I was packing up my old studio apartment and somehow lost the ring in the midst. We were about to leave that apartment forever and I still hadn’t found it. I wasn’t concerned. It turned up of course.
This ring is not particularly meaningful. It wasn’t a gift, isn’t of much monetary value, and is not among the items I consider deployment keepsakes.
I have other rings. At one point I had many, but I’ve since pared them down a bit. But why, nearly 10 years later, is this the ring I wear almost every single day?
- It’s easy. I know I love it and that it works with almost everything. I don’t have to stop and think about it in the morning, reducing decision fatigue. (I’m not fashionable, I likely put more thought into my daily jewelry and accessories than some because fashion doesn’t come naturally to me.)
- I really love it! It’s pretty, sparkly, and yet simple. My style.
- It fits perfectly. I hate when rings spin on my finger throughout the day.
- I feel good when I wear it!
- I tend to lose nice things and that’s not a feeling I want to experience again. This ring doesn’t come with that pressure.
- If I lose it, I never worry because it always comes back. Someday it probably won’t. But that’s ok.
THIS is my goal with minimalism and going through my possessions! I want to get down to only the items that I truly love, that still make me feel great after 10 years! The other stuff just gets in the way!THIS is my goal with minimalism: I want to get down to only the items that I truly love! Click To Tweet
Figure out which of your things make you feel good, which items you love the most and get rid of the rest! You’ll feel so much lighter and experience so much joy from being able to focus on only the things you truly love! No more clutter in the way or even in your mind!