I’m reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s a unique philosophy of organizing. My biggest take-away so far is to ask the question of each item in my apartment, like clothing or books, “Does this item bring joy?” It’s a great question, and it got me thinking. Could I do this in the rest of my life? I ponderedt this today as I was choosing what to eat. It was nice to appreciate what I had and enjoy it in this way. Then I thought, what about my social life? Shouldn’t I be hanging out with those who bring joy to my life? I do for the most part, but there are still times when I don’t take joy into consideration. Or, more accurately, I purposely don’t ask myself that question because the answer is clear. Nonetheless, I just called a friend merely to put a smile on my face. And it worked.
Of course, I’ll be considering other aspects of life, for instance, my workouts. If it doesn’t bring joy I’ll try something new. I miss swimming, maybe that will be a nice change. Beside working out, there’s my reading list, or what I view online. And I’ll think of other areas to address as they come up.
Fortunately, work already gives me joy. Every day I look forward to seeing my clients. But as I look around my office, perhaps it could use a bit more tidying. Less important than the work itself, but still supportive of the pursuit of joy.
My biggest question, though, is do I work on tidying up my critical thoughts, or will tidying up the rest of my life lead to less criticism? I guess I’ll try it from both ends and see where it takes me. If there’s less joy one way, I’ll go in the other direction. In the meantime, I’ll finish reading the book, and start with my shirts, as recommended.