My day-in and day-out minimalist role model is Peace Pilgrim. She dedicated her life to promoting peace. The following is Wikipedia’s accurate description of her possessions and chosen path:
“Peace Pilgrim’s only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read “Peace Pilgrim” on the front and “25,000 Miles on foot for peace” on the back. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.”
I also think back to how Jesus instructed his disciples in the way of material possessions when it was ultimately time for them to set out and do their work.
Then again, there’s Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are my heroes. They are my examples and role models.
What do they all have in common? They used their minds, their faith and their surroundings. They were not accumulators of material possessions or habits that could get in the way of their work and their mission/vision in life. They knew the work they needed to do; they prepared themselves in multiple ways; and, once prepared, they set out to fulfill their visions with unabashed tenacity.
Each of these leaders led by example. Each began with the quality and integrity of their own lives.
What they also had in common was a desire for peace; a profound and adept ability to let go of excess; a powerful heart for humanity; and an almost-unfathomable belief in, reliance on and dedication to God.