Mr. Minimal-Lol and I went away for a long weekend together. The familiar packing scenario started out as usual but then took an unexpected turn.
Him (anxiously): ‘You’re not taking many clothes’.
Me (cheerfully): ‘No, but it’s fine, I’m bringing a capsule and I’ll have plenty’.
Him (apprehensively): ‘But what if it rains?’
Me (smugly): ‘I’ve checked the forecast – it’s sunny for the next four days’.
Him (guardedly): ‘Don’t expect me to only take a little bag like that. I don’t know how you do it’.
Me (through gritted teeth*): ‘That’s fine, my darling, you do what you want – I’ll be fine’.
*An oft-repeated scenario in the M-L household. See my previous post on a minimalist living with a maximalist!!
But wait – a new development!
I begin packing my clothes into my handy packing cubes as per usual. Mr. M-L picks one up and says, startled ‘hang on, these look quite handy’.
Dear reader, it was as though I had never used/mentioned/packed with them before!
So, he borrowed some for the trip, which enabled him to fit all his clothes into a small bag – who knew?
On the holiday, he extolled the use of the packing cube. He eulogised, he praised, I would even go so far as to say, he waxed lyrical. To the extent that a fellow holiday-goer advised me to get some too! (See ‘gritted teeth’ above!).
But it did show me that:
- You can’t make someone follow a lifestyle or an approach – it has to make sense for them – in their own time.
- By all means, do your own thing, but don’t expect others to always follow, just because it makes sense for you.
- If they are inspired to try something different, try not to gloat or say ‘I told you so’ – this may have happened with me and Mr. M-L! 😉
Have a great week 😊