I’m trying to be a minimalist, I have no qualms with that. I want to reduce the clutter in my life so I can focus on what’s important, things of long lasting value. With that goal in mind I recently encountered a situation where my desire for minimalism and what it really means clashed. An acquaintance of mine from halfway around the world emailed me recently. Where he lives getting online isn’t as easy as connecting to the nearest network on his laptop. Writing took effort on his part. I appreciated receiving the email but categorized it in the way I do many business emails, I sent back a one liner thanking him for the communication.

My wife pointed out the brevity of my email and suggested I write another one. She was right. His email was in a different category that many of the business emails I address on a weekly basis. It is necessary that I give it more time and thought and share a heartfelt reply.